Georgia Boater Education Course


CHAPTER 5: Navigation Rules


Whenever you’re on the water, it’s your responsibility to operate your boat in a cautious and reasonable manner and to make sure that you, your passengers and those around you are safe.

To live up to this responsibility, you should always:

  • Stay active and alert; and
  • Respect the weather, the water, your passengers, your fellow boaters, anyone who is in the water, such as divers and swimmers, and property owners.

In summary, boat operators need to pay attention to their surroundings at all times, and always operate their vessels defensively.