DEEP: Boating Safety and Education

Boating Safety and Education

{Boating enforcement officer talking with person on personal watercraft}

The primary mission of the Boating Division is Boating Safety. Although there are inherent risks in virtually any sport, a well-educated boater who uses common sense and courtesy on the water contributes to everyone’s safety and enjoyment.

The major cause of boating accidents is collisions with other boats or objects. The sober boater who keeps a good lookout and knows the Rules of the Road is unlikely to be involved in a collision.

The major cause of boating fatalities is drowning. A huge majority of those who drown are not wearing life jackets or Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs). The watchwords are, "A LIFE JACKET FLOATS! YOU DON’T! WEAR IT!" (PFDs)

Carbon monoxide poisoning has recently been identified as a major danger for boaters. It is important to understand it and avoid it. (Teak Surfing and Carbon Monoxide)

Since 9-11 other safety issues have come to the fore. There are new laws which concern the proximity of pleasure boats to various large vessels, bridges, and shore facilities. The government is also asking pleasure boaters to assist in Homeland Security by observing and reporting certain activities. (Homeland Security)

There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats – SAFELY! (With apologies to Kenneth Grahame.)

Boating Safety and Education Topics:

Safe Boating, Personal Watercraft and Canoe and Kayak Safety Classes

Connecticut Coastal Boater Endorsement Program

AquaSmart - Water Safety Program for Grades K - 2 

Canoe Safety Rules

Homeland Security

Marine VHF Radio: The Basics

PFDs - Personal Flotation Devices

Preparing Your Boat For a Hurricane

Prudence - DEEP's Boating Safety Education Vessel

Required Safety Equipment

Teak Surfing and Carbon Monoxide

Trailering Safety