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Smarter by Spring

Smarter by Spring

Get a jump on spring boating with winter education.

While winter white may not put you in the mood for watersports, winter is a great time to prepare for boating season by taking a boating safety course or a specialty skills course such as coastal piloting or how to use a GPS device.


Boating Safety for Hunters

Boating Safety for Hunters

Make sure dog and human are prepared for cold-water conditions.

Kayaks Are Boats, Too!

Kayaks Are Boats, Too!

The need for safety doesn’t diminish with the size of the vessel.

Ready for Spring?

Ready for Spring?

Be sure required safety equipment is on board and in working order.

Stability Vs. Capacity

Stability Vs. Capacity

They aren’t the same thing.

When Prevention Isn’t Enough

When Prevention Isn’t Enough

Know what to do if you’re dead in the water.

Weather Watch

Weather Watch

Know these indicators of deteriorating weather, and stay safe.

Alcohol and Water Don’t Mix

Alcohol and Water Don’t Mix

Drinking afloat affects boaters more — and more quickly — than on land.

Ready, Set, Go

Ready, Set, Go

Before the first launch of the season, ensure your boat is safe and you are prepared.

Man Overboard!... and Back Again!

Man Overboard!... and Back Again!

Being prepared, moving fast and having the right equipment are key to safe rescues.

Avoid 5 Serious  Boating Mistakes

Avoid 5 Serious Boating Mistakes

Most on-water accidents are avoidable. Here’s how.

Navigating Locks Safely

Navigating Locks Safely

Here are some pointers to remember when locking through.

Solo Safety Lesson

Solo Safety Lesson

If you boat alone, take extra precautions.