General

Basic Boat Terminology

Boating Terminology Who is the ‘Operator’? A boat ‘operator’ is the person who is in control of the pleasure craft and who is responsible for it’s operation. As a pleasure craft operator you...

The Basic Parts of a Boat and Personal Watercraft

Definitions: Parts of a Boat Bow: The forward or front part of your boat is called the ‘bow’. Port: The left side of your boat when you’re seated and looking forward. Starboard: The right side o...

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 ste...

Person Overboard Emergencies

Person Overboard Emergency Over 40% of all boating fatalities are the result of people falling overboard. You should be prepared with the right knowledge and equipment to rescue a person overboard: En...

Surviving Cold Water

Surviving Cold Water Immersion If you find yourself in cold water, do the following to increase your survival time: Immediate Action Step 1) Assess the situation: Is everyone wearing a PFD or life jac...

Mechanical Failure and Carbon Monoxide

Breakdown and Mechanical Failure You are required by law to maintain your craft and safety equipment in proper working order. By regularly maintaining and inspecting your vessel, you’ll reduce the r...

Boating Emergencies: Fighting a Boat Fire

Fighting a Boat Fire Boat fires can be caused by a number of factors including engine malfunctions, a fire in the galley or insufficient ventilation of an enclosed engine compartment. If a fire or ex...