WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Boating safety reminders

SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office shared boating safety tips and rules with the residents and spring breakers in our area to make sure that the waters are safe for all.

Read the detailed description for the rules:

CHECK SAFETY/RESCUE EQUIPMENT: This includes batteries, fire extinguishers, on-board electronics (VHF radios) and navigation lights.

BRING LIFE JACKETS: Make sure you have personal flotation devices (PFDs) for all aboard and make sure children wear a USCG-approved properly fitting life jacket at all times.

WATCH THE SIGNS: Know how to read the red and green channel markers and watch for slow and no wake signs. These apply to all vessels.

PERMITS AND LICENSING: Make sure you have up-to-date fishing permits and registrations for your vessel. Know size requirements and what fish are in season.

ALCOHOL AND BOATING DON’T MIX: Consuming alcoholic beverages in excess will affect perception, reaction time and decision-making. Don’t drink and boat!

FILE A FLOAT PLAN: If you will be on the water for an extended period of time let family or friends know about your plans and stay in touch with someone on shore. Download a float plan from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office web site. Under Crime Prevention select Safety Information and Boating Safety.


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