5. Safe Boat Operation

Boat Operator Responsibilities

The Boat Operator’s Ultimate Responsibilities As the boat operator, you are completely responsible for: The operation of the boat. The safety of every passenger on board the boat. Any activities that occur on the boat. Practicing situational awareness at all times. The safety of anyone who comes into contact with that boat, including the safety […]

Boating and Alcohol in the USA

Boating and Alcohol Laws Unfortunately, boating under the influence (BUI) is a significant issue on American waterways. In fact, boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a factor in approximately 1/3 of the boating-related accidents and deaths in the U.S.     Laws and Regulations for Boating and Alcohol Operating a boat anywhere in […]

Mooring, Anchoring, and Boat Docking Procedures

Boat Docking Procedures Just like parking your car in a busy parking lot, docking your boat at a busy marina presents opportunities for your boat to get damaged. Additionally, the weather conditions will have an effect on your docking procedure—wind and current in particular. To cast off or to return to the dock safely, consider […]

Nevada’s Laws for Negligent Boat Operation

Nevada’s Laws for Reckless of Negligent Boat Operation It is illegal in the state of Nevada to operate any boat or manipulate any waterskis, surfboard or similar device in a careless, reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person. Examples of reckless or negligent boat operation include: […]

Anchoring your Boat

How to Anchor your Boat Anchors have several uses: In the event of a breakdown During severe weather conditions An anchor is also useful in non-emergency situations (such as when swimming from the stern or securing for an overnight stay) Step 1) Ensure the inboard end of the anchor line is securely attached to the pleasure craft. Ensure the outboard end of […]

Safety Underway

Safety Underway: Operating your Boat Safely Enjoying Canada’s waterways is one of our greatest summer pastimes. While we all want to have fun and enjoy a day on the water, sharing the waterways with others means operating in a safe and courteous manner. Safety underway means: Understanding and taking into account the effects of being on […]

Controlling your Boat or Personal Watercraft

Choosing a Safe Speed The Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations impose standardized speed limits and shoreline speed zones (usually local in nature) and the Collision Regulations specify that it is an operator’s responsibility to choose a safe speed. Choosing a safe speed depends on: Your ability to see ahead–reduce your speed during fog, mist, rain and darkness […]

Sharing Canada’s Waterways

Over 10 million boaters enjoy Canada’s waterways each year. All boaters should be knowledgeable of and abide by the Collision Regulations and use common sense and courtesy while underway. Never create a hazard or stress to yourself, to your fellow operators or to the local habitat: Never operate close to swimmers and the personal property of others […]

Respecting the Marine Environment in Canada

Marine Environment and Environmental Responsibility It is illegal to pollute Canadian waterways. Always use caution when refueling and be sure not to spill excess fuel into the water. When operating your craft, be mindful of and respect natural inhabitants and ecosystems. You are prohibited from dumping oil, litter or waste overboard. Even small oil spills […]

Towing Rules and Regulations

Towing Towing a water-skier, wakeboarder, kneeboarder or other towable device requires the use of a spotter. A spotter is a person who observes the person being towed at all times. The spotter notifies the driver if there is a need for a change in speed and/or direction as indicated by the skier’s hand signals. The […]