Safe Boating Course


CHAPTER 5: Navigation Rules


You’re going to encounter a lot of distractions on the water. As the boat operator, it’s your responsibility to constantly monitor your surroundings, including the actions of other boats, at all times of the day.

To keep a proper lookout:

  • Make sure that passengers or equipment don’t get in the way of your line of sight;
  • Make it a habit to constantly scan your bow, starboard and port sides for other boaters, swimmers, dive flags and floating debris;
  • And, use every available means, including radar and radio if you have them, to determine whether you are at risk of collision. This is more than a tip, it’s the law.

Remember, remaining vigilant and on the lookout while operating your boat is not only common sense, it’s also your legal responsibility!

Keep a proper lookout