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Boating Safety

Below are links to websites dedicated to boating safety. Sites maintained by non-profit organizations as well as the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary offer a wealth of safety knowledge to any concerned boater!

Several of these links are unique to the Potomac River. Please also note state-specific links for the rules and regulations governing boating on District, Maryland, and Virginia waters. Boaters should make an effort to become familiar with the boating rules of each jurisdiction. 

U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division

Safe Boating Checklist

Safe Boating Tips

Personal Flotation Devices

NOAA Marine Weather Forecasts

Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Washington, D.C. Boating Regulations

Maryland Boating Regulations

Virginia Boating Regulations

Importance of Emergency Engine Cutoff Switches