First and foremost, be sure there is a personal flotation device for every person on board. Remember, a life jacket needs to be worn in order for it to work! We encourage everyone on the boat to wear a properly fitted USCG approved life jacket at all times. For more information about how to select the right life jacket, visit uscgboating.org
We suggest you bring a fully charged cell phone or VHF radio as a means of communication while onboard. Ask your livery what the best option is for your area. If you are in an area without a signal, we recommend there is a VHF radio in case of an emergency. Ask your livery what the best option is for your area.
Navigation Rules & Tools
Knowing the “Rules of the Road” keeps you and others safe. Before leaving the dock, make sure you know all of the necessary navigation rules and signals. GPS and navigation charts are necessary regardless of how familiar you may be with the water you are traveling on. Watch our training video on navigation to learn more: www.rentalboatsafety.com/power-boats
First Aid Kit
Being prepared for small injuries will increase your time on the water. Packing a first aid kit helps you address seasickness, cuts, or scrapes immediately.
These safety tools are not optional and should be provided by your rental agency. Confirm with your Rental Livery the location of the Fire Extinguisher in case of emergency!
Visual and Sound Signaling Device
Both of these items are required by the US Coast Guard. A horn or whistle is used for signaling during unplanned situations. Be sure there is an orange warning flag and/or three or more aerial flares, smoke distress signals, or rocket-propelled parachute on your boat to serve as a visual warning signal.
Water Sports Gear
With fewer boats on the water, springtime is the perfect time to brush up on your favorite water sport. Pack up your waterskis, wakeboard, or tube and gear up for a full day of boating fun!
Just for Fun
A few fun items to bring along during a day of boating is a camera to capture the fun. Pack your favorite snacks and sodas in a cooler to enjoy throughout the day. Turn up the music with a waterproof speaker.
Want more tips for safe boating? Check out our learning resources at https://www.rentalboatsafety.com/learning!