Georgia Boater Education Course


CHAPTER 4: Emergency Preparedness


Boats capsizing and falls overboard are the leading causes of cold-water immersion.

Capsizing is most often caused by overloading, unsafe boat handling, improper anchoring, or the loss of power or steering. Falls overboard are most often caused by slips or falls while moving around a boat.

These emergencies can be prevented by always staying low and stable while moving about your boat and by taking care to follow the guidelines for safe loading and operation in bad weather.

These are important guidelines at all times but especially in cold water environments, where the consequences of a fall overboard or capsizing can be much more serious.