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Know Before You Go Boating: Safety Tips from NOAA

The following is part of a summer blog series with a focus on summer safety tips from NOAA written by Marissa Pekular (Intern) 

If you’re one of the 100 million Americans who go boating each year, you likely enjoy taking in beautiful scenery, making the most of great weather, fishing, swimming, and even just relaxing.           

However, boating can pose serious risks when you’re on the water. In 2021, the U.S. Coast Guard reported 4,439 boating accidents, resulting in 658 deaths. Boating risks include drowning, crashing, electric shocks, other injuries such as slipping and falling, and being caught in hazardous weather.

To reduce the potential risks associated with a day on the water, it is important to be prepared when boating. Here are some tips to ensure your boating outing is as safe as possible:    

By following these safety tips, you can significantly lower your risks of injury. Check out these helpful sources from NOAA and partners.   

NOAA Safe Boating:


U.S. Coast Guard Safe Boating Division


National Safe Boating Council