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You learned the "Rules of the Road" before you sat behind the wheel of a car and you should do the same before taking the helm. Just like in driving, it is very important to have the boating information and certifications you need to be a safe boater before you hit the water.. In fact, a number of states require powerboat operators to take a boaters' education course and carry a license or certificate proving successful course completion any time they're under way. By consulting a safe boating guide and obtaining the required certificates beforehand, you not only protect yourself and family, but other boaters on the water.
It's also important to have the right safety gear and equipment on your boat (first aid kit, life jackets, distress signals, etc.). Here are two great resources to help you make sure you're ready for a safe boating trip:
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