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Boating Safety for Teens

Boating Safety for Teens

Learn more about boating safety for teenagersWhether your children are starting to get serious about boating or are just along for the ride, here are a few tips to keep them safe.

Top Safety Tips

  1. Always have your children wear a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard while on boats or around open bodies of water or participating in water sports. Make sure the life jacket fits snugly.
  2. Enroll older kids in a boating safety course. Better yet, enroll with them.
  3. Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool: They need to be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.
  4. Let your teen operate a boat only in a supervised setting and in adherence to laws in your area. Laws regarding the operation of a boat or watercraft vary from community to community.