A Course for Safe Boating
Accident Prevention and Rescue
Basics of Prevention
Know and practice the basic safety guidelines and the law for your type
Always carry the proper safety equipment and know how to use it.
Have a properly fitted, Coast Guard-approved life jacket for everyone aboard
Have the proper clothing for your type of boating and for the weather and
Be water safe by knowing how to swim and tread water.
Always boat carefully and with good judgment. Stay within the limits of
your boating skills and equipment.
Never boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs—it is against the law,
and extremely dangerous to you and others.
Basics of Rescue
The first rule of any rescue situation is to never put yourself or other
rescuers in danger when trying to help someone. You don’t want to become
a victim and make the situation worse.
Stay calm. Be sure to carefully judge the situation and condition of the
Plan how to use your own and others’ experience and resources to deal
with the situation. Experience is a key resource in any type of emergency
Call for help on a phone or VHF radio.
If the group size allows, send two or more persons together to get help.
If you send someone for help, be sure the person knows the details of the
situation, knows where to find a phone or other means of communication,
knows who to contact, and either directs rescuers to the accident scene or
returns to the scene of the accident after successfully contacting authorities.
Seek basic training in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and
For the most recent California
accident summary and statistics, visitwww.dbw.ca.gov/AccidentStats