Safe Boating Tips for Rental Customers

Top boating safety tips for beginners and pros.

Renting a boat like this is a great way to get your feet wet in the sport. Whether you get your boat from a livery like where we got this one or an online service, chances are you’re fairly new to the sport. Some states require rental boaters to take a boating safety course—some do not. Either way, you might not be up to snuff on the latest safety rules. If you are, this video will still be a great refresher for you.

A few safety tips include always checking out the life jackets when you step on board, making sure any new skippers attach the emergency switch cut offs, and always retrieve the anchor before leaving.

In almost every accident citation, failure to maintain lookout is cited as one of the chief causes. This is your guide to safe boating.

The U.S. Coast Guard is asking all boat owners and operators to help reduce fatalities, injuries, property damage, and associated healthcare costs related to recreational boating accidents by taking personal responsibility for their own safety and the safety of their passengers. Essential steps include: wearing a life jacket at all times and requiring passengers to do the same; never boating under the influence (BUI); successfully completing a boating safety course; and getting a Vessel Safety Check (VSC) annually from local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, United States Power Squadrons®, or your state boating agency’s Vessel Examiners. The U.S. Coast Guard reminds all boaters to “Boat Responsibly!” For more tips on boating safety, visit