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Help your child be safe with on a boat.Spending time with family and friends on a river, lake, or marina is a favorite summer activity. Follows these precautions to help children and adults boat safely.

Top Safety Tips

  • Always have your children wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD) while on boats, around open bodies of water or participating in water sports. Here's some more information on how to choose the right PFD.
  • Remember that things such as water wings, noodles and other swimming aids are fun toys for kids, but they should never be used in place of approved PFDs.
  • Explain some basic boat rules and have everyone follow them. Children need to understand and follow rules such as keeping their hands and feet inside the boat at all times and not running on a boat.
  • Every child is different, so enroll children in swimming lessons when you feel they are ready.

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