5. Safe Boat Operation

Nevada’s Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic Invasive Species in Nevada The spread of quagga mussels in Nevada pose a risk to the native aquatic wildlife, ecosystems and to all of Nevada’s water-based recreation! Quagga mussels are a non-native species that have been discovered in the Colorado River system and in Lake Mead. They collect in industrial and municipal water pipes, […]

Florida’s Waterskiing Regulations and Diving Flag Requirements

Florida’s Water Ski Regulations The following additional waterskiing regulations apply in Florida: The operator of a vessel towing someone on skis or another aquaplaning device must either have an observer, in addition to the operator, on board who is attendant to the actions of the skier or have and use a wide-angle rear view mirror. […]

Protecting Florida’s Manatees

Florida’s Manatees Florida’s manatees are large aquatic mammals, which are recognizable from their thick, gray wrinkled skin. They can be found in fresh, brackish and salt water throughout Florida, including navigable canals. They’ve even been know to get through lock systems to move further up river and into canal systems. Manatees can be slow moving […]

Washington’s Aquatic Invasive Species, Litter Laws and Muffler Requirements

Aquatic Invasive Species in Washington Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) pose a risk to Washington’s native aquatic wildlife, ecosystems and to all of Washington’s water-based recreation. Common ANS in Washington state include: Zebra Mussels, Asian Clams, Sea Squirts, New Zealand Mud Snails, Aquatic Weeds, Chinese Mitten Crabs and a variety of Aquatic Weed types. Unfortunately, Aquatic […]

New Mexico’s Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic  Invasive Species in New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, along with state, federal and private partners, are working diligently to stop the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species in the state. Zebra and Quagga Mussels in New Mexico The spread of zebra and quagga mussels in New Mexico not only pose […]

Arizona’s Aquatic Invasive Species and Litter Laws

Aquatic Invasive Species: Are not native to Arizona. Include both plants (such as salvinia, hydrilla), animals (such as zebra mussels, crayfish and New Zealand mudsnails) and diseases and pathogens. Cause physical and economic damages to our recreational, commercial, environmental, cultural or historic resources and/or create public health problems. Can impair water resources. Water is life in […]

Boating in Rough Water

Handling Rough Water Conditions When boating in rough water you should adjust your boat’s speed as appropriate to the water conditions. Slow down and use caution. Adjust your speed so that the bow of your craft does not become buried in a wave. You should never attempt to jump waves. If you find yourself in increasingly high seas, […]

Alaska’s Litter Laws and Marine Environment

Litter Laws It is illegal to litter on either Alaska’s state waters or federal waters. In the event of accidental waste discharge, contact the Coast Guard’s Department of Environmental Conservation Area Response Team. Protecting Alaska’s Marine Environment and Mammals Boaters should stay at least 300 feet away from marine mammals or more if animals display […]

Operating a Personal Watercraft

Handling a Personal Watercraft Operating a personal watercraft (PWC) is a fun, fast way to enjoy recreational boating! However, PWCs are a different type of watercraft and their handling characteristics will differ from those of traditional boats.   Throttle Steering You can turn a personal watercraft (PWC) left or right using the handlebars, but only […]

Diving, Snorkeling, and Towed Sports

Diving and Snorkeling With the diverse water ‘playgrounds’ that each state has to offer, exploring the underwater world is a fantastic experience! Just remember, whether you’re diving in a river, a lake or in the ocean, you must always follow the Coast Guard’s Navigation Rules and each state’s requirements for the display of Diving Flags. […]