Recreational boating can be a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends. And making safety a priority can ensure that boating stays fun. If you plan to ride in a boat, canoe, or other water vehicle, take a minute to protect yourself and others from drowning.
- Put on a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Make sure all passengers put on a life jacket, regardless of distance to be traveled, size of boat, or swimming ability of boaters.
- Do not use air-filled or foam toys, such as water wings, noodles, or inner-tubes, in place of life jackets. These toys are not designed to keep swimmers safe.
- Don’t drink. Alcohol is involved in about a third of all recreational and boating fatalities.