Boating Safety Tips

From the Oregon State Marine Board

  • When leaving your vehicle unattended at the boat ramp, take your valuables with you.
  • Always wear a properly fitted life jacket.
  • Use the “Touchdown Test”: With the jacket on, raise your arms as though signaling a touchdown. If, when looking to the left, right and over the shoulder, the chest part of the jacket doesn’t hit your chin, it probably fits.
  • For Children: Have your child stand normally, arms at sides. Grab the life jacket at the shoulders and firmly lift up. If you can move the life jacket more than three
    inches up and down the child’s body, it doesn’t fit.
  • Avoid alcohol. Alcohol is involved in 30% of Oregon
    boating fatalities each year.
  • Operate at a safe speed.
  • Don’t overload your boat.
  • Watch out for low water areas and submerged objects.
  • Always tell someone where you are going and when you will return.


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