6. Boating Navigation Rules

Ohio’s Navigation Rules and Boat Muffler Requirements

The nautical navigation rules are the traffic laws of the waterways and are legally binding for boat operators. These rules dictate the operator’s course of action for avoiding collisions and include maneuvering, lighting, and sound signal requirements. Responsibility Nothing in these rules shall exonerate any vessel, operators, owner, master or crew from the consequences of: […]

Boating in Rivers, Canals, and Shipping Lanes

River Navigation Operating a pleasure craft or PWC on a river is different than operating on an open waterway. Boating in rivers presents its own unique hazards and conditions. Some rivers may exhibit strong currents, which can affect your boat’s steering and the predictability of your craft. The water level in a river may also rise […]

Boat Navigation at Night

Boat Navigation at Night: Head-on Approach If you meet a vessel and see a green, red and white light, you are approaching another power-driven vessel head-on. In this situation neither vessel has the right-of-way. Both operators must take early and substantial action to steer well clear of the other vessel. Both operators should reduce their speed and steer […]

Lock Navigation and Boating in Unique Waterways

Lock Navigation A lock is a physical structure of gates that enables vessels to travel between two bodies of water that are of different elevations. Boats enter the lock from one body of water (vessels may enter from each end of the lock but from only one end at a time). Once the gates at […]

Boat Navigation and Right of Way

The Navigation Rules: Disclaimer The navigation rules contained in this course summarize basic navigation rules for which a boat operator is responsible on inland waterways. Additional and much more in-depth rules apply regarding various types of waterways, such as International Waters and Western Rivers, and operation in relation to commercial boats and other watercraft. It’s […]

Boat Navigation at Night in the USA

Boat Navigation in Restricted Visibility Boaters should take additional care when operating at night or during periods of restricted visibility, such as darkness, fog or heavy rain. If you hear a sound signal during restricted visibility, you should reduce your speed in order to proceed safely. Make sure you keep the engine ready for immediate […]

Boating in Restricted Visibility

Safe Operation in Restricted Visibility Boaters should take additional care when operating at night or during periods of restricted visibility such as fog, darkness or heavy rain. Remember: If you are operating a pleasure craft and you are not in sight of other vessels due to poor visibility, you are required to proceed at a safe […]

Boat Navigation in Canada

Boat Navigation and Right of Way It’s important to know and understand boat navigation and right of way rules in Canada. This includes what actions to take when approaching another boat when you’re out on the water, just like understanding the rules of the road. They are important in helping reduce the risk of collision and […]


Boating Collision Regulations An important part of being a smart boater is realizing your right-of-way when you’re out on the water. The Collision Regulations govern the rules that prevent collisions on oceans and inland waterways. These rules apply to all vessels and to all waters in Canada. The Collision Regulations govern the following: Navigation Right-of-way rules Look-out rules Boater Responsibilities […]