2. Obey signs and notices regarding vessel
speeds. Be aware of all restricted areas.
3. Pay attention to the weather, it can change
4. Make sure that someone who is not onboard
with you knows where you plan to go and
how long you will be on the water.
5. Always wear a Coast Guard approved life
jacket and have your passengers wear one
too. All children 5 and younger must wear a
life jacket in any vessel under 26’.
6. Keep a flashlight, first aid kit, drinking water,
marine radio and sunscreen in watertight
conditions on your boat.
To learn more about boat safety education
classes, call The Florida Fish & Wildlife
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Commission at 850-488-5600 or go to myfwc.
Our local Coast Guard Auxiliary often offers
classes on safe boating. To find out information
on the classes call 941-855-0799 or visit www.
Everywhere you look there are pristine
waterways ready for any type of boating,
including skimming across the water on a kayak.
Paddling is especially popular around Coral
Creek and Lemon Bay. Check out our Beach
and Parks section, page 13, to investigate sites to
start your day of kayaking.