Safe boating information
Important boating regulations, tips, guidelines and other information designed to keep you safe on the water.
PFD selection, use, wear and care – U.S. Coast Guard information that helps you obtain, use and maintain effective personal flotation devices for specific users, vessels and water conditions. Learn more
Boating safety resource center – The official website of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating safety Division. Learn more
Vessel safety check – The most cautious boaters can sometimes experience unexpected problems on the water. That’s why the U.S. Coast Guard recommends that all recreational boaters, including personal watercraft and paddle sport users, take advantage of the free Vessel Safety Check program every year. Learn more
Boating safety courses – Many boating safety courses are offered throughout the country, for all types of recreational boaters, and for boaters of all ages. Qualified volunteer organizations, such as the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron, and others sponsor many courses, and many state boating agencies also provide classes. Learn more
Boating safety links – Links to boating safety organizations, resources and specific state boating laws and regulations. Learn more