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.