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The Essentials for Boating Safety

There are many essential aspects to boating safety. It is important to have your boat in good working order before leaving the dock, and it is equally as important to have the right equipment essential to keeping you and your passengers safe on the water.

The right equipment, in good working order, and using that equipment properly will not only keep you and your passengers safe, but guarantee a great boating experience.

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Let's Talk Life Jacket Facts!

According to www.SafeBoatingCampaign.com and their "Life Jacket Facts," statistics prove that even if life jackets were not a legal requirement for safety, they should be one of your first considerations for your vessel.

  • U.S. Coast Guard's 2006 statistics stated that approximately 87 percent of boaters who drowned were not wearing life jackets. This means that over 400 boaters died unexpectedly because they were uninformed or simply not in the habit of taking this significant safety precaution.
  • It is human nature to think it can't happen to me - but it can.
  • within reach is not the same
  • The majority of people who drown in boating accidents know hot to swim, but become incapacitated in the water. Sometimes they are injured or unconscious. Others develop hypothermia or become exhausted.  Some are weighed down by clothing.
  • An accident usually happens without warning.  Usually after the accident, the life jackets are not within reach - in cabinets, trapped under the vessel or floating far away in the water.
  • Other reasons why people don't wear a life jacket are that it is too hot, or it will mess up their tan line, or they are simply not comfortable.
  • Many people don't realize the variety of new life jackets that are on the market - belt packs and other inflatable styles that are low profile and light weight.
  • It is important to wear a life jacket at all times when boating

Did you know?

  • U.S. Coast Guard requirements state that a boat must have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Type I, II, III, or V life jacket for each person aboard
  • Boats 16 feet and over must have at least one Type IV throwable device as well.
  • All states have regulations regarding life jacket wear by children and adult-sized life jackets will not work for children.
  • Life jackets should be tested for wear and buoyancy at least once each year. Waterlogged, faded, or leaky jackets should be discarded.  
 Please visit www.SafeBoatingCampaign.com for more safety information! Boat Safe!


Essential Safety Equipment for Your Boat from First Choice Marine

Seasense Flat Safety Whistle

Seasense Flat Safety Whistle

Pea-less whistle. Made of orange injection molded ABS plastic with a stainless split ring. Meets U.S.C.G. regulations. Includes lanyard.

Part #50074027

Orion Fish-N-Ski First Aid Kit

Orion Fish-N-Ski First Aid Kit

The perfect marine first aid kit for the small craft. Plastic case with gasketed dual locking lid, fits easily into small storage areas on boat. 13 different items, 74 total pieces.

Part #963

Seasense Telescoping Hook and Paddle

Seasense Telescoping Hook & Paddle

This durable 2 piece telescoping aluminum paddle extends from 32" to 42". The handle doubles as a convenient boat hook using a hole in the blade as a handle. It floats if dropped into the water. The blade screws off for and ultra compact storage length of only 18".

Part #008235

Seasense Large Marine Handheld Air Horn

Seasense Large Marine Handheld Air Horn

Easy to operate push button horn. Ozone safe for a cleaner environment. Horn made of high impact plastic. Can be heard up to one mile away. Meets Coast Guard requirements.

Part #50074005

Kwik-Tek SKier Down Stik-A-Flag

Kwik-Tek Skier Down Stik-A-Flag

Eliminates observer's elbow! The bright orange 420-denier nylon skier down flag is mounted to a 24" pole. Attaches to windshields or boat and personal watercraft finishes with Kwik Tek's giant 3-1/4" suction cup. Required in AZ, CA, CO, ID, MO, NE, NM, OR, TX, UT & WA. Recommended everywhere for safety. Patented.

Part #SAF-1

Kwik-Tek Ultimate PWC Lanyard UL-2

Kwik-Tek Ultimate PWC Lanyard

The Ultimate PWC lanyard has it all! 4 keys to fit ALL brands: Sea Doo, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Honda, Polaris, Tiger Shark and Wet Jet. A stainless steel key ring is also included for hooking up to Sea Doo D.E.S.S. devices or a car key. We call it "Ultimate Lanyard" because it has a comfortable floating detachable wrist band, floating vest lanyard and high pitch pea-less whistle for emergencies. A swivel snap hook keeps the cord from tangling. No accessories to buy for this lanyard!

Part #UL-2

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