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California Boater Card – The Comprehensive Guide

Updated on February, 12, 2020. Overview On January 1, 2018, California’s new boating education law went into effect, requiring all California boaters to carry the California Boater Card while operating a recreational motorized vessel. The law is being phased-in by age for operators of motorized boats on California waterways. This new legislation makes boater education mandatory in the state of[…]

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Boat Safety – Emergency Rescue Stories

One of our favorite boat safety campaigns is National Safe Boating Week, which was held this year from May 20 to May 26. Every year, individuals and organizations act to increase the awareness of safe and responsible behaviors on the water. Boating is one of our nation’s favorite summer activities for a good, simple reason—it’s a fun and exciting way to spend[…]

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“I Float!”: Boat Ed Partners With The LV Project

Still from “I Float!” PSA By now most people know the importance of wearing a properly fitted, USCG-approved lifejacket while boating. However, year after year hundreds of people tragically lose their lives on the water while not wearing a lifejacket. Why is that? Well, there’s definitely a stigma associated with wearing lifejackets, especially among teens and adults who feel like[…]

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Lifesaving Style: Which Life Jacket Do You Need?

Thinking of going out on the water without a life jacket? Think again! Life jackets (also known as Personal Floatation Devices–PFDs) can literally be the difference between life and death. Don’t believe me? Well maybe you’ll believe the U.S. Coast Guard, which reported that in 2019 86% of boaters who drowned weren’t wearing life jackets. Plus, it’s a legal requirement[…]

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Drinking and Boating: A Deadly Mix

Before the thought of drinking on a boat crosses your mind, consider the physical and legal consequences of boating under the influence of alcohol. Not only is operating a boat while intoxicated illegal in all 50 states, it’s also dangerous and can have deadly consequences. The Law In addition to federal laws against operating a watercraft under the influence, various[…]

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The Common Causes of Drowning

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 398 people drowned in boating-related incidents in 2013. That’s more than one person for every day of the year! A number of these deaths can be prevented by taking proper safety precautions like wearing a life jacket, sailing sober, and taking a boating education course. Want to know more? Here’s a list of common,[…]

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Boat Ed’s 5 Safe Boating Tips for the July 4th Weekend

Did you know that historically, July has been by far the most dangerous month for boating accidents and fatalities? Last year was no different with over 900 reported accidents during the month of July, primarily on the weekends. What can we infer from this? Well, it’s pretty simple actually. Boating activity increases during the summer months, and more activity equates[…]

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Accidents and Facts: A Closer Look at Paddlesports

Rebecca Collier was a veteran paddlesports enthusiast. She spent so much of her time on the water that her father used to call her his “little mermaid” when she was growing up. On all accounts, she was a professional at getting in and out of the water with ease. Growing up outside of Kalamazoo, Michigan, there was never a question[…]

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