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Important Boating Safety Tips
(from DiscoverBoating.Com)

* Be weather-wise! Tune in to the WXVHF marine radio
channel or your TV weather channel for local conditions.
Look to the sky towards the west
or southwest for advancing
weather. Also check your AM radio for lack
of static.

* Designate an assistant skipper. Make sure more than only
one person on board is familiar with all aspects of your boat's
handling, operations, and other boating safety tips.

* Avoid alcohol! The probability of being involved in a
boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved, and
studies have shown that the affect of alcohol is exacerbated
by external effects such as sun and wind.

* Learn to swim. If you're going to be in and around the
water, proper boating safety means knowing how to swim.
Local organizations such as the American Red Cross and
others offer training for all ages and abilities.

* Consider a free vessel safety check. The
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers complimentary boat examinations to
verify the presence and condition of certain safety equipment required
by State and Federal regulations. 

* Develop a float plan. Whether you choose to inform a
family member or staff at your local
marina, always be sure to
let someone else know your float plan in
terms of where you're going and how long you're going to be
gone.

* Stay away from swimming beaches, waterfront residences,
jetties, dams, and shallow water.

* Don't cut in front of other boats or jump wakes.

* Always maintain a good look where you're going and
stay to the right of oncoming vessels. 

* Keep clear of tugs, towboats, and large ships.

* Take a boating course. Beginning boaters
and experienced experts alike need to be familiar with boating safety
rules of operation. Regardless of your individual state's
requirements, it's always important to be educated, aware,
and prepared for every circumstance that might arise.

* MAKE PROPER USE OF LIFEJACKETS!
Did you know that the majority of drowning victims as the
result of boating accidents were found not to be wearing a
lifejacket? Make sure that your family and friends aren't part
of this statistic by assigning and fitting each member of your
onboard team with a lifejacket prior to departure.