Boating Safety Tips

With the increasing number of tragic boating accidents on the Hudson River, we remind everyone to take the proper precautions before heading out on the water this season. Follow these tips to stay safe when boating on open water:

  • Always wear a life jacket.
    • Children under the age of 13 are required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD.
  • Avoid alcohol while operating a vessel.
    • The probability of being killed in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved.
    • Boating while intoxicated is strictly enforced and carries penalties similar to driving while intoxicated.
  • Enroll in a boater education course.
  • Be extra careful on Personal Watercraft (PWC).
    • PWC operators and passengers are required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD.
    • Before you rent or take out your PWC, learn how to operate the vessel and learn the rules of your area.
  • Operate at a safe speed.
    • Although there are no set speed limits on the water, citations may be issued for excessive speeding or reckless operation.
    • Never speed at night. There may be objects on the water that are harder to see at night or are not lit properly. Go at a slow, safe speed.

Boating can be extremely dangerous if these basic safety tips are not followed. Abide by local laws and regulations for your own benefit and be safe out on the water this season. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a boating accident due to the negligence of another, contact us immediately and fill out our free evaluation form. Read more on boating safety.