Boat Smart
May 29, 2011 6:31 PM | Tagged as Operator Safety

Boat Smart

Play by the Rules. Carefully read and understand your operator’s guide and safety handbook as well as all on-product warning labels. Learn and obey all applicable federal, state/provincial and local laws and regulations before operating your boat. Boating isn’t just serious fun, it’s a serious responsibility.

Establish A Long Distance Relationship. When you keep your distance from swimmers, boaters or personal watercraft, you prevent problems.

What’s Your Sign? Obey ALL posted signs, such as: "NO WAKE," "RIGHT OF WAY," "IDLE" and other navigation signs. Steer clear of all restricted areas.

Idle Time is Time Well Spent. Whether you’re heading in or out, always maintain slow speed until you’re in a clear area, away from the shore. Obey all "no wake" areas.

SEA-DOO® Watercraft Safety Checklist

Please keep this safety checklist in your watercraft at all times and share with other that ride your watercraft. It is important that you and others know and understand these rules prior to operating any personal watercraft.

  • Securely attached engine cutoff lanyard to your wrist or life jacket. Keep attached at all times.
  • All riders must wear a properly fitted, U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket. Protective clothing such as wetsuit bottom, eye protection, footwear and gloves are recommended.
  • Look in all directions constantly for other boaters, skiers, divers and swimmers, and other personal watercraft. Stay alert, and be aware of your surroundings!
  • Avoid wake jumping, splashing and passing close to any other vessels. Keep a safe distance!
  • Do not use alcohol or drugs before or during operation.
  • All operators must be a legal age to operate the craft you will be riding. Bombardier recommends a minimum of 16 years of age to ride alone.
  • Always operate at a safe speed and be prepared to stop or alter course in emergencies. Ride within your limits, and allow sufficient distance to stop.
  • Know and understand Right-of Way rules: Generally, keep to your right and safely avoid other craft.
  • Remember you need throttle power to steer.
  • Stay in sight of shore, but avoid operating too close to residential and congested areas. Be considerate of others who share the waterways.
  • Observe all federal, state and local boating laws. A boating safety course is strongly recommended.
  • Know the waters you will be operating in, and observe all navigational marks and signs.
  • Know and understand all operational features of the craft you will be riding – read and follow your operator’s guide.

Be aware. Show you care.

We must all do our part to protect our natural resources. Take a moment and learn how to be more environmentally responsible. Here are a few tips;

  • Be a courteous boat operator. Be aware that sound and movements of boats may disturb wildlife and local residents.
  • Refuel carefully to reduce any chances of spilling oil or gas into the water.
  • Check and clean your engine well away from shorelines. Oil can harm the water’s delicate micro-organisms and the animals that feed on them.
  • Do not operate in water less than two feet in depth.
  • Ride at controlled speeds so that you can see any wildlife ahead of you.

Wash off your boat after you use it to prevent the spread of exotic plants to other lakes and rivers. Exotics have no natural enemies and spread easily, killing off native species and decreasing important plant animal diversity. 

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