To ensure safe and fun days on the water this Summer, I promise to abide by the SAFE RIDER pledge: SCAN THE WATER • I will constantly scan for people, objects, and other watercraft. • I will avoid areas with submerged objects or shallow water. AVOID AGGRESSIVE MANEUVERS • I will ride within my limits and avoid aggressive maneuvers. • I will avoid jumping wakes or waves. • I will make predictable maneuvers so that others may anticipate my course. FOLLOW LOCAL BOATING LAWS • I will learn my state’s boating laws, including its minimum operator age. • I will take a boater safety education course. EXAMINE YOUR EQUIPMENT • I will always check my throttle and steering controls for proper operation before I start my PWC. • I will always wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket and protective clothing, such as a wet suit bottom or clothing that provides equivalent protection. • I will keep aboard and maintain all required safety equipment. REACT TO CONDITIONS • I will operate defensively and adjust my speed to match conditions. INSIST ON A SAFE DISTANCE • I will keep a safe distance away from people, objects, and other watercraft. • I will take early action to avoid collisions. DRIVE SOBER • I will never ride after consuming drugs or alcohol. EVALUATE WEATHER AND WATERWAYS • I will be alert for conditions that limit my visibility or block my vision of others. RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT • I will respect ecologically sensitive areas, and refuel carefully to avoid spills. I will be sensitive to marine life.
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