Boating Safety & Critical Equipment
Don’t Leave Home Without It!
- One correctly sized USCG approved life jacket is required by law for each person on board. Children under the age of 13-years-old must wear it.
Throwable Flotation Aid
- Any boat 16 feet or longer must carry a type IV throwable cushion or ring.
- Most boats are required to carry at least one fire extinguisher. Boats larger than 26 feet are required to carry two or even three fire extinguishers.
Engine Cut-Off Switch
- An engine cut-off switch or kill switch is a safety device used to stop the boat's engines should the driver unexpectedly fall overboard. Now required to be worn on any vessel with one while underway.
Water Ski and Dive Flags
- If you ski or dive, you need to display the appropriate signal flag.
Sound Producing Device
- All boats must carry a horn, whistle, or other sound-producing device.
Visual Distress Signals
- Though not required, signal flares and flags can attract attention if the need arises.
Follow the Boating Safety Seven
Remember the Boating Safety Seven to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the water:
- Wear your life jacket
- Take a boating education course (Visit ndow.org to learn more)
- Carry all your required safety gear
- Know your boat and its limitations
- Follow the boating “rules of the road”
- Be aware of weather and water conditions
- Boat sober and be considerate of other boaters
Always prioritize safety while boating to ensure a great day on the water for you and your family.