Boating Safety Fact Sheets
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Disposal of Expired Marine Flares in California
Pyrotechnic flares are classified as hazardous waste. Old, expired flares remain toxic, reactive, and ignitable. Recreational boat owners can learn the current disposal options and best practices for marine pyrotechnic flare disposal in this updated fact sheet.
For more information on flare disposal and new non-pyrotechnic replacement options, review our Flare Disposal page.
Fire Protection for Recreational Boats
Frequently asked questions about fire extinguisher requirements for the recreational boater from the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary and Recreational Boating Safety.
Questions about life jacket wear and California law are explained here. Learn about life jacket fit and how to choose the right life jacket.
Alcohol and Boating Don't Mix
Alcohol consumption on board a boat, not only effects the operator but all passengers. Refresh your knowledge about the dangers of boating under the influence here.
When and How to Report a Boating Accident
Aquatic Center Facilities and Classes
Before you get on the water for the first time, check out all of the many types of introductory boating safety classes around the state.
Boating Clean Practices
It's easy for boaters to keep our waterways clean by following these 10 tips for environmentally sound boating.
California Boating Laws
Easy to read explanation of California boating law including equipment, operation, and navigation are all available free, in the ABCs of California Boating.
Cold Water Immersion and Shock Prevention
Cold, swift water can be treacherous for boaters accustomed to hot weather and low or slow water. To avoid injury and death, please click here to learn the Do’s and Don’ts of Cold Water Boating.
Electrical Shock Drowning Prevention
Electrical shock drownings can occur when marina electrical systems leak electrical current into the water. Boats can also serve as the source of an electrical leakage. This leakage can cause a shock that can injure, disable, or kill a person in the water in and around marinas.
Vessel Safety Checks
What is a vessel safety check? Learn about these courtesy equipment and safety checks and earn your safety seal.