Three Major Responsibilities of Every Boater
Collisions can be prevented easily if every pleasure craft operator fulfills three major responsibilities.
Practice good seamanship.
It is the responsibility of every boat or PWC operator to:
- Operate in a safe manner.
- Take all necessary action to avoid a collision, taking into account the weather, vessel traffic, and limits of other vessels. Such action should be taken in time to avoid a collision and at a safe distance from other vessels.
- Avoid endangering the safety of persons involved in any activity in any waters.
Keep a proper lookout.
Failing to keep a sharp lookout is the most common cause of collisions. The Collision Regulations require every operator to keep a proper lookout, using both sight and hearing, at all times. Watch and listen for other vessels, radio communications, navigational hazards, and others involved in water activities to be aware of the situation and the risk of collision.
Maintain a safe speed.
Safe speed is the speed that ensures you will have ample time to avoid a collision and can stop within an appropriate distance. According to the Collision Regulations, safe speed will vary depending on conditions such as wind, water conditions, currents, navigational hazards, visibility, surrounding vessels and traffic density, distance from shore, and boat manoeuvrability. Always reduce speed and navigate with extreme caution at night and when visibility is restricted.