Lake Powell Boaters: Boating Safety

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Boating Safety

Boating is becoming ever more popular – especially on such huge bodies of water like Lake Powell. In addition, as you would expect, as the numbers of individuals who enjoy boating increases so does the number of boating accidents. In order to have a fun and safe boating experience, it is good to know some of the basics of boating safety. Read More

The number of boating injuries and accidents is directly related to the popularity of boating. Please review the following safety tips to prevent injury and/or accidents.

  • Any type of personal watercraft is not a toy, but a fully functional water vessel – make sure that anyone operating your boat is old enough to legally operate the vessel.
  • It is essential to be aware of the different depths of the water. Light blue usually denotes shallow water and dark blue water usually denotes deeper water.
  • Only Lake Powell's main channel is marked with navigational aids.
  • A life jacket must be worn at all times while riding a Personal Watercraft. Kids (12 years and younger) must wear a Personal Floatation Device while on vessels, which includes both Personal Watercraft and Boats.
  • Slow down and make no waves when 150 feet (46 m) from other vessels, people, or shore.
  • Be careful what you breathe! Boat generators, engines, and gas appliances produce deadly carbon monoxide gases. Ensure proper ventilation. Do not swim, sit, or work near exhaust.
  • Sadly, most serious boating accidents involve alcohol. Leave alcohol alone while boating. Operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal.

With the ever-increasing popularity of boating on Lake Powell, boaters must use their water recreation resources wisely. Boaters have the responsibility to practice and advocate safe and ethical use of all waterways.