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    What You Should Know About
    Boat Operator
    Driving a boat on the water is just as serious as driving a car on the road.

Before Boating - Know Your Responsibilities

Traversing the open waves can be an exhilarating and adventurous experience. The breathtaking scenery and the wind in your hair is a refreshing way to relax. To have the most enjoyable ride possible, it’s crucial that boat operators know their responsibilities. Failure to meet certain obligations may result in hazards which can impact the safety of the operator, his or her guests, and other boaters.

  • Required Equipment
    Know what equipment you need

    The Coast Guard outlines specific equipment that must be aboard every vessel. Different operating conditions may impact requirements, but generally a boat should include flotation devices, a first aid kit, signal flares, and distress whistles. Navigation and communication devices should also be in working order. A boat operator also needs backup systems in place should any equipment fail while on the water.

  • Inform Guests of Hazards
    Safety education saves lives

    An experienced boat operator knows of potential hazards when the boat is both at dock and in motion. Guests likely won’t come aboard with this same knowledge. It is the responsibility of the operator to communicate safety instructions to all passengers. It’s not uncommon for injury attorneys to get involved when a boating accident occurs, especially when no appropriate warnings were given to prevent injury.

  • Be Aware of the Environment
    It may be unsafe for boating

    There are many external factors that can create a dangerous situation for boat passengers. Inclement weather may impact visibility, wave turbulence, and communication. It’s important for a driver to have the most accurate weather information so he or she can prepare for rough conditions. Operators should also be aware of their surroundings, so they can detect any hazards in the water.

Take Charge of Boating Responsibility

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