GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOTV) Michigan is known for its beautiful lakes and boating fun, but it’s important to remember to play it safe when you’re on the water.
Grand Rapids Sail and Power Squadron is a volunteer organization that promotes safe boating through classes. They offer everything from basic boating safety to celestial navigation, weather, electronics, and engine maintenance.
One very important part of boating safety is a personal floatation device, or PFD, also known as a life jacket. Seating on a boat is also very important when it’s going fast. Grand Rapids Sail and Power Squadron recommends kids never ride in the bow, or the front of the boat. It’s very dangerous, even if they’re wearing a life jacket.
It’s important to know the rules before you go on the water. Know where the buoys are and which side of the boat they’re supposed to be on.
Grand Rapids Sail and Power Squadron recommends anyone who gets a boat take a boating class through Coast Guard Auxillary, Sail and Power Squadron, the county Sheriff, or through online classes.
Important Boating Information
- Michigan boating regulations require boaters born after July 1, 1996, to have a DNR certificate.
- In Michigan, jet skis may be operated by persons 16 years of age with a DNR certificate.
- For federal boating regulations, obtain the U.S. Coast Guard rules book at your local boating store.
- To obtain a DVD showing how to operate marine electronics for most manufacturers, contact www.bennettmarine.com.
- To obtain the handbook of Michigan boating laws, visit the DNR website, www.michigan.gov/dnr, or your local boating store.
- For information about the U.S. Power Squadron, visit their website at www.usps.org.
- For information about the Grand Rapids Sail & Power Squadron, contact www.grsps.org.