Safe Boating Links

  • United States Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety:
    The official website of the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety. Learn how to prevent accidents, injuries, and fatalities while boating. Review safety tips, news, recalls, defects, and laws and regulations you should know.

  • USCG Press Release on Carbon Monoxide and Teak Surfing: view article
    Provides articles and links on the dangers of carbon monoxide and teak surfing.

  • United States Power Squadrons:
    USPS is a non profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects.

  • National Association of Boating Law Administrators:
    NASBLA is an association dedicated to reducing boating accidents, saving lives and helping to make safe and enjoyable boating a reality on our nation's waterways.

  • National Marine Manufacturers Association:
    NMMA is dedicated to creating an environment where members, primarily marine products manufacturers, can achieve financial success through excellence in manufacturing, in selling, and in servicing their customers.

  • American Boat & Yacht Council:
    ABYC is a not-for-profit membership organization that has been developing and updating the safety standards for boat building and repair for 50 years. ABYC is actively involved with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and is a leader in education for the marine industry, as well as certification programs for marine technicians.

  • Discovery Boating:
    Provides information on selecting and buying a boat, boating how-to’s, and boating safety.

  • USA Water Ski:
    USA Water Ski is the National Governing Body for organized water skiing in the United States. Its mission is to promote the growth and development of recreational water skiing and to organize and govern the sport of competitive water skiing.

  • National Safe Boating Counsel:
    The mission of the NSBC is to reduce accidents and enhance the boating experience. The NSBC is the foremost coalition for the advancement and promotion of safer boating through education.

  • Boating Safety “Sidekicks” for children:
    A boating safety site developed by the National Safe Boating Council for children.

  • Vessel Safety Check:
    A Vessel Safety Check is a courtesy examination of your boat to verify the presence and condition of certain safety equipment required by state and the federal regulations. On this site, the US Coast Guard and the United States Power Squadrons provide information on a self-evaluation of your own boat. You may then ask for a Vessel Examiner to contact you for an actual VSC.

  • and Boat Safe Kids:
    Provides information on boat safety and an online course approved by NASBLA and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard. Successful completion of this course may qualify you for marine insurance discounts and meets many states' mandatory boating education requirements.

  • Boating Safety:
    The goal of this site is to provide the recreational boater with a resource center for safety information.

  • The BoatU.S. Foundation:
    The BoatU.S. Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting safe and environmentally sensitive boating. The Foundation's goal is to be the leader in boating safety and environmental education and outreach, with the purpose of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of our waterways, and keeping boating a safe, accessible, and enjoyable pastime.