Safe Boating Course


CHAPTER 3: Trip Planning and Preparation

Welcome to Chapter 3

In Chapter 1, we learned about the basic parts of a boat and in Chapter 2, we learned about the required safety equipment you need to have on board.

In Chapter 3, we turn to trip planning and preparation. It’s time to get ready for launch!

By the end of this chapter, you’ll know:

  • How to check the weather forecast to make sure it’s all clear for boating;
  • How to cope with bad weather if it strikes;
  • What’s a float plan and why you should file one before a boating trip;
  • Important maintenance to make sure that your boat is ready for the water;
  • How to safely trailer and tow your boat;
  • Steps and etiquette for launching and retrieving your boat at the boat launch; Fueling procedures and ways to help you save fuel; and
  • What to include on a pre-departure checklist.

Let’s turn to our first topic, the weather forecast.