BOATsmart! Canada
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Module 04 - Safe Boat Operation

Choosing a Safe Speed

As a boat operator, it is your responsibility to choose a safe speed while boating.

Choosing a safe and appropriate speed depends on: 

  • Your ability to see ahead of you– always reduce your speed during fog, mist, rain and darkness
  • Current, wind, and water conditions
  • You boat’s handling characteristic, such as how quickly your boat can change direction
  • The amount and type of boat traffic around you
  • Navigational hazards such as rocks and tree stumps that may be around you
  • Your distance from shore

High Speed Operation 

If you’re operating your boat at high speeds, you will need a longer amount of time and space to come to a stop.

In addition, high-speed operation will significantly reduce the amount of time you have to react in an emergency situation. For this reason you must ensure that you’re able to react quickly and effectively in emergency situations such as sudden changes in weather and visibility.

Remember: Always operate at a speed that allows you to take effective action to avoid collisions.

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