When making plans to get out on the water, make plans to be a responsible boater.
- Check the weather forecast.
- Always wear a life jacket.
- Never choose to boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Complete an approved boating safety course and become a more knowledgeable boat operator.
- Do not overload a boat. Know the capacity of the boat and stay within those limits.
- Boat with a partner and inform family or friends of your boating plans.
- Check safety equipment on board boats 16 feet or longer:
- One U.S. Coast Guard approved and wearable personal flotation device for each person on board the boat.
- One U.S. Coast Guard approved throwable flotation device (seat cushion or ring buoy).
- One U.S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher of B-1 type or larger.
- One whistle or other sound-producing mechanical device capable of a two-second blast audible for at least one-half mile.
life jacket wear
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low head dams - drowning machines
GFP, Sioux Falls Fire and Rescue and DENR put together this video on the dangers of Low Head dams.