Coast Guard

Safe Personal Watercraft Operations

Safe Personal Watercraft Operations

PWCs are generally described as boats less than 13 feet in length, powered by jet pumps, where persons stand, kneel or sit on not in the boats.


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.

Falls Overboard

Falls Overboard

Prevent Falls Overboard - Reduce the risk of falls by taking safety measures ahead of time.

Use Your VHF-DSC Radio with Confidence

Use Your VHF-DSC Radio with Confidence

It could save your life one day.

Collision Avoidance 101

Collision Avoidance 101

The Navigation Rules and these tips help keep you out of harm’s way.

Mind the Traffic!

Mind the Traffic!

That’s just one of the many challenges of boating in the summer.

Is It a Mayday?

Is It a Mayday?

Make sure distress calls indicate a real emergency.