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Safe Boat Operation

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Ohio’s Snorkeling, Scuba Diving and Waterskiing Requirements

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Regulations in Ohio Various requirements exist for snorkeling and scuba diving in Ohio. Permission may be required by the ODNR Division of Parks and Recreation. Additionally, no person shall operate a vessel within 300 feet of an official diver’s flag unless tending the dive operation. No person shall permit operation of […]

Reckless Boat Operation in Ohio

Reckless boat operation is illegal in the state of Ohio. Boat operators in Ohio are not permitted to operate any boat, or manipulate any waterskis or similar device, without due caution, in a heedless or careless manner, so as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person. No person shall operate or permit […]

Boating and Alcohol Laws in Ohio

Ohio’s Boating and Alcohol Laws and Regulations Ohio’s boating and alcohol laws state that it is illegal for a person to operate or to be in physical control of any boat that is underway, or to manipulate any waterskis or similar device, if the person is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (including prescription […]

Reckless Boat Operation in Pennsylvania

It is illegal in the state of Pennsylvania to operate any boat or to manipulate any water-skis, aquaplane 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 boat operation in Pennsylvania include: Operating in a designated swimming area. Weaving […]

Boating and Alcohol Laws in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s Boating and Alcohol Laws Pennsylvania’s boating and alcohol laws require that no person shall operate any boat on Pennsylvania waters while they are under the influence of alcohol, drugs or a combination thereof. Alcohol is prohibited on land and water at all state parks and at most U.S. Army Corps of Engineer projects. In […]

Idaho’s Aquatic Invasive Species and Litter Laws

Idaho’s Aquatic Invasive Species The spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) like Quagga Mussels, Zebra Mussels, Eurasion Watermilfoil and New Zealand Mud Snails, pose a risk to Idaho’s native aquatic wildlife, ecosystems and to all of Idaho’s water-based recreation. Idaho’s most common AIS include the zebra mussel (a small, striped, shell, or mollusk) and the […]

Nevada’s Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic Invasive Species in Nevada Nevada’s aquatic invasive species, such as quagga mussels pose a risk to the native aquatic wildlife, ecosystems and to all of Nevada’s water-based recreation! Quagga mussels are a non-native species that have been discovered in the Colorado River system and in Lake Mead. They collect in industrial and municipal water […]

Florida’s Waterskiing Regulations and Diving Flag Requirements

Florida’s Water Ski Regulations Florida’s waterskiing regulations require: The operator of a vessel towing someone on skis or another aquaplaning device must either have an observer, in addition to the operator, on board who is attendant to the actions of the skier or have and use a wide-angle rear view mirror. No one may ski […]

Protecting Florida’s Manatees

Florida’s Manatees Florida’s manatees are large aquatic mammals, which are recognizable from their thick, gray wrinkled skin. They can be found in fresh, brackish and salt water throughout Florida, including navigable canals. They’ve even been know to get through lock systems to move further up river and into canal systems. Manatees can be slow moving […]

Washington’s Aquatic Invasive Species, Litter Laws and Muffler Requirements

Aquatic Invasive Species in Washington Washington’s Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) pose a risk to native aquatic wildlife, ecosystems and to all of Washington’s water-based recreation. Common ANS in Washington state include: Zebra Mussels, Asian Clams, Sea Squirts, New Zealand Mud Snails, Aquatic Weeds, Chinese Mitten Crabs and a variety of Aquatic Weed types. Unfortunately, Aquatic […]