General

Running Aground Emergencies

Running Aground Step 1) Determine whether passengers and the vessel are in danger. Step 2) Immediately shift the motor to neutral. Step 3) Visually and/or verbally confirm that all passengers are pres...

Hypothermia and Cold Water Immersion

Hypothermia Hypothermia is a drop in core body temperature, caused by prolonged exposure to abnormally low temperatures. Hypothermia can be caused by: Immersion in cold water Exposure to cold air and ...

Red Right Returning

‘Red Right Returning’ Many boaters are not certain on which side of a marker buoy they should pass. A simple way to remember is to use the Red Right Returning memory aid ‘Red Right Returning’ ...

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 characteristi...

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 w...

Boat Maintenance and Storage

Maintaining Your Boat Don’t let a breakdown spoil a great day on the water. As a responsible boater, you must check and maintain your boat and its equipment on a regular basis. This practice will fa...

Boat Theft Prevention Tips

Preventing Boat Theft As boat owners and operators, we value our boats for the relaxing experiences they provide and the great memories we have of sunny days on the water. A thief, however, values you...

How to Fuel a Boat or PWC

Planning Ahead Running out of fuel is the number one cause of boater distress. Make sure that you plan your trip requirements and carry enough fuel to get you there… and back without any trouble. Us...

Boat Hull Types

The Hull The ‘hull’ is the portion of your boat that rides both in and on top of the water. The hull does not include any masts, sails, rigging, machinery or equipment. There are three general hul...

Boat Engine Types

Boat Engine Types Outboard Engine If your boat has an ‘outboard engine’, it will be attached to the transom (stern) of the boat. To steer the boat, you will move the entire boat engine and drive a...