Boating Checklist

Before Departing

  • This is obvious, but make sure you have enough to get where you're going.
  • Also called safety jackets by some, these are a must before going anywhere.
  • The reason for this should be obvious, but be sure that they stay in working order!
  • Make sure that tools that would be used to fix problems on board are on the boat, and some spare ones as well.
  • Be sure that the battery is fully charged, cleaned and not corroded. Replace if needed.
  • Do your distress signals (horns, lights, flares, etc) work properly? If not, fix or replace them!
  • Squalls can do damage to boats, so pay attention to the forecast.


What to Pack

Tips for Safety

Boating continues to become more popular every day, especially during the spring and summer months. Whether you are learning how to go boating for the sheer fun of it or to start a business, there are a few things to know. Learn how to use the safety jackets, and teach others to use them.  Learn how to properly use everything on the boat you're manning, and always be prepared for anything that may come up. Always remember, safety is the most important thing, then fun; but you can do both at the same time!


Safety begins with the knowledge of how to use a number of different pieces of equipment on board a boat. Safety jackets and flotation devices are the most important piece of safety equipment for anyone on a boat. Depending on the type of boat, properly operating the sails and motors might be another skill to consider. Skill is learned, and what will help you become even safer out on the water. Weather is always a huge factor when boating; if a storm is coming in, the waves can make it next to impossible to navigate. This would be where a lot of experience is important. Being smart enough to say you're going to go stay onshore is always a wise thing, and quite often, life-saving as well. Deciding which body of water to go boating in is important. Always make sure that there is an experienced sailor on board. Have a plan as to where you are going, and when you'll arrive, and make sure people on shore know your plans and when to expect you. As your skills as a sailor increase, you can take on more responsibility.