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Boating safety tips

Before you get on a boat, you need to make sure you know the rules and regulations.

First things first - every person on board needs a life jacket. You also need a throwable device in case someone goes overboard.

Paul Dowty, flotilla commander of the Coast Guard Auxiliary says if the life jacket isn't worn the right way, it's no good.

"when you put it on, zip it up. If it isn't zipped up, it won't stay on and if it doesn't stay on, it won't save your life," says Dowty.

Another big topic - boating and boozing. The rules here are slightly different from automobiles.

"Non-operators of the vessel may be consuming alcohol legally in the boat - an open container in the boat is not against the law," says Dowty.

But the driver can't have any alcohol - that will certainly get you in trouble.

Something else that would get you in trouble - if your boat isn't up to date on the safety regulations.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary will come to you and provide a free checkup of your vessel. And if you want to learn more, sign up for a class. They say it will cover all the bases of boating.

Because the more you know, the better your experience.

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