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Boating Safety

Boating Safety Checklists

Required by Law

  • Approved wearable flotation device for each person readily accessible
  • Additional throwable flotation device on boats over 16 feet
  • Persons 12 and under must wear a life jacket unless the boat is anchored or docked
  • Fire extinguisher if fuel tank or engine is enclosed
  • Running lights after sunset or during restricted visibility
  • State registration card on board
  • Registration number and validation sticker displayed
  • Do not operate a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Observe navigation rules
  • Do not overload boat
  • Sound signaling device

Other Items

  • Do not occupy ramp until boat is ready to launch
  • Notify others of your schedule
  • Obtain weather forecasts
  • Navigation charts
  • Bail bucket
  • Anchor and line
  • Paddle and extra plug
  • Secure boat to trailer after loading
  • Trailer lights
  • Reduce speed at night
  • Check for gasoline fumes
  • Motor kill switch
  • 170 degree wide-angle rear view mirror

Boating Division

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

State 1-800-799-4890

Life Jackets Float. You Don't. Always wear your Life Jacket!

80% of drowning victims in boating accidents were not wearing a personal flotation device.

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