Georgia Boating Safety Course


SAFE SPEED

All boats should be operated at a speed that allows time and distance to take necessary action to avoid a collision. Different conditions and levels of expertise will warrant different speeds. Certain areas enforce local speed limits. Check with your local boating authority before heading out on the water to determine speed limits (if any) in your area.

TO DETERMINE A 'SAFE SPEED' FOR YOUR BOAT, TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE FOLLOWING FACTORS:

  • Visibility conditions (fog, mist, rain, darkness)
  • Wind, sea, current, and proximity of hazards
  • Traffic density
  • Vessel responsiveness (Larger, more powerful boats require a larger turning radius and have a higher top-end speed, thus requiring more time and distance to stop.)
  • The proximity of any navigational hazards

YOUR WAKEtracks left in the water caused by a moving vessel. CAN CAUSE DAMAGE TO PROPERTY AND OTHER BOATS. ALWAYS TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE EFFECTS YOUR WAKE MIGHT HAVE WHEN ADJUSTING YOUR SPEED.