Utah Boating Safety Course


HUNTING AND FISHING, CONTINUED

  • Load your boat properly.
  • Keep equipment low and center. This will greatly help with your boats stability.
  • Avoid quick movements. Use caution when retrieving a fish, collecting decoys, or firing your gun: all these actions can result in falls overboard emergencies, if you aren't careful.

  • Remain seated as much as possible. When you have to move around the boat, keep three points of contact with the vessel to help you and the boat remain stable.
  • Avoid quick movements. Use caution when retrieving a fish, collecting decoys or firing your gun: all these actions can result in falls-overboard emergencies.
  • Slow down around other boaters, and show respect by limiting noises, which travels clearly over water.

Wear a life jacket. Too many hunters and anglers are lost every year when they fall overboard. Whether retrieving a trophy fish or shooting game, you must realize how easily you can fall overboard. Wearing a life jacket can save your life. New styles of life jackets that don't restrict movement are now available in camouflage colors.

Give anglers and hunters a wide berth. Anglers are casting all around their vessel and hunters are firing guns - stay clear! A boat's wake could swamp an angler's boat. Additionally, anglers who are trolling may have their fishing line out a fair distance behind them - if you approach too closely, your boat could sever their fishing line.