Boaters must exercise their right to use and enjoy US waterways by taking precautions to share the water safely with others. All boaters are responsible for maintaining proficiency and situational awareness at all times. Also, boaters must take all precautions to ensure everyone on board, and anyone who comes into contact with their boat is safe.
Most reported boating accidents in the United States involve factors within the boater’s control.
The most common factors are:
Additionally, boaters must adhere to specific security measures prescribed by the US Homeland Security, which include staying a safe distance from military and commercial ships, staying clear of security zones, reporting suspicious behavior to authorities, and avoiding commercial port areas.