by Lynn Fountain, FSO-PE Coast Guard Auxiliary
Herring Bay Flotilla 23-07
These five Safe Boating Tips just might help save your life as well as the lives of your family and friends. Every passenger in your boat should know basic safety procedures before boarding.
BOATING SAFETY CERTIFICATION - Must Complete
All Boat Owners and Captains must attend and pass the Maryland State Authorized Boating Safety Course administered through the State of Maryland Department of Natural Resources: "Any person born on or after July 1, 1972, must have in their possession a Certificate of Boating Safety Education to operate a numbered or documented vessel (including personal watercraft) legally on Maryland's public waters." It is recommended that first mates and regular crew also complete a boating safety course so they know how to safely help out and be able to take over if the Captain becomes incapacitated.
The next Maryland State Boating Safety Course is being held at Tri-State Marine on consecutive Saturdays: October 1 & October 8, 2016. Click HERE for more information and registration.