Open Water Safety Tips
  • Learn to swim. The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim.
  • Alcohol and boating don’t mix. Alcohol impairs your judgment, balance, and coordination — over 50 percent of drownings result from boating incidents involving alcohol.
  • Wear a Coast Guard-approved life jackets for yourself and your passengers when boating and fishing.
  • Develop a float plan. Anytime you go out in a boat, give a responsible person details about where you will be and how long you will be gone.
  • Watch the weather: Know local weather conditions and prepare for electrical storms. Watch local news programs. Stop boating as soon as you see or hear a storm.
National Association of State Boating Law Administrators have classes for safe boating. Classroom courses are available and added on a regular basis. Call (623) 236-7235 for the most current information or to register. The course is also available online: Boat Arizona Course

Need a lifejacket? The Arizona Game and Fish Department with support from the Ryan Thomas Foundation has implemented 18 lifejacket kiosks across Arizona.