Boating Laws in the USA

Boat Registration and Titling in Alaska

In order to legally operate a motorized boat in the state of Alaska, you must obtain a Certificate of Number and validation decals (boat registration). The state of Alaska does not title boats. A Cert...

Maintaining Life Jackets and PFDs

Serviceable Life Jackets and Personal Flotation Devices For your life jacket to be ‘serviceable’ it must meet the following requirements: It must be Coast Guard-approved. It must be free of tears...

Boat Accident Reporting Requirements

Assisting Other Boaters If another boater is in distress, you are required to provide them with assistance, so long as helping them does not place you, your passengers or your boat in a dangerous posi...

Safety Tips for Hunters and Anglers

Hunters and Anglers as Boaters Hunting and fishing are sports that have a variety of safety rules and regulations. However, participants of these sports must remember that when they’re hunting or fi...

Fighting a Boat Fire

Fighting a Boat Fire Fire emergencies can be caused by a number of factors, including: Engine malfunctions; A fire in the galley; Or, the insufficient ventilation of an enclosed engine compartment. If...

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...

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 i...

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 tha...

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 approxim...

Protecting the Marine Environment

Boating and the Environment Responsible boaters understand that every time they place a boat in the water, they risk polluting the marine environment. Keep the waters clean by following both the feder...