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California Boating 

A Course for Safe Boating


Personal Safety

You’re the most important part of safe boating. To be safe—and to make sure

the people who boat with you are safe—you must think clearly, be polite to

other boaters, and be ready for any dangers so you can prevent accidents.

You need to know the information in this chapter whenever you play, live or

work near the water.


You will learn:

How to keep from getting

hurt by harsh weather, such

as hot sun, heavy storms and

freezing water

How alcohol and drugs can

make it dangerous to operate

a boat

How to use different types

of Personal Flotation Devices

(PFDs), such as life jackets

Chapter 1