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Personal Safety You’re the most important part of safe boating. To be safe—and to make sure the people who boat with you are safe—you must think clearly, be polite to other boaters, and be ready for any dangers so you can prevent accidents. You need to know the information in this chapter whenever you play, live or work near the water.

OBJECTIVES You will learn: f How to keep from getting hurt by harsh weather, such as hot sun, heavy storms and freezing water f How alcohol and drugs can make it dangerous to operate a boat f How to use different types of Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs), such as life jackets


California Course for Safe Boating

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