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Boating Safety Tips

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"Wait! Before Leaving." 

"File a Float Plan"
 
"Use a Pre-underway Checklist"
 

Boating Safety Suggestions

from The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries:

  • Always wear your personal flotatation device (PFD).
  • Alcohol and safe boating operation just don't mix.
  • Know how to swim.
  • Read the owner's manual for your boat.
  • Always maintain a good look at where you're going. Stay to the right of oncoming vessels.
  • Keep a whistle or horn readily available.
  • Stay away from tugs, towboats and large ships.
  • Stay away from swimming beaches, waterfront residences, jetties, dams and shallow water.
  • Don't cut in front of other boats or jump wakes.
  • Check the pressure gauge on your fire extinguisher.
  • Show consideration to others; be courteous and use common sense in the operation of your craft.
  • Be thoroughly familiar with the maneuvering characteristics of your craft.

    Always be considerate of other water enthusiasts. Be responsible. Be safe.
    Your life may depend upon it!

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