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Safe Boating

National Fishing and Safe Boating Week is June 6-14, just one week after the Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start to boating season. It highlights quality of life though recreational boating and fishing.

We recommend people to take a safe boating course before heading out on the water in any type of craft.

The purpose of any boating safety course or training material is to prepare boaters for multiple scenarios both in and out of the water." "With the nicer  weather comes more boating accidents. Education and awareness are primary factors in preventing accidents. 

Arizona offers an eight hour certified boater education class which covers boat-registration requirements, state and federal boating laws, equipment requirements, navigation rules, boat trailering, aids to navigation (buoys), alcohol and boating accidents, and more. To register call (602) 789-3235 or see Arizona Boating Education for updates to boating education class schedules.

According to Recreational Boating Statistics 2013 from the U.S. Coast Guard, 79% of reportable boating accidents occur between May and September. The number one contributing factor of accidents was Operator inattention, with Improper lookout & Operator inexperience coming in second and third. In 80% of accidents with a fatality involved, the operator had no boating instruction.

Another thing to do before you take your boat on the water involves a safety checklist. You can get one free from the U.S. Coast Guard here: Free Vessel Safety Check

Each season, we're rusty and we need to remind ourselves how we keep it safe by reviewing nautical rules of the road or taking care of important safety gear like inflatable life jackets or flares.

All Arizona watercraft, except sail-boards and certain racing shells or rowing sculls must be have at least one U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices (PFD), type I, II, III, or V,  for each person on board. All children 12 and younger must wear a type I, II, or III PDB while underway on any boat. 

The best way to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week is to get out on the water! Goldwater Lake, Watson Lake, Lynx Lake & Granite Basin Lake are all close by places to get on the water.

Goldwater Lake is a small lake with only 15 acres of water surface but is perfect for canoeing and kayaking. It is open daily from 7am until sunset with additional hours from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Watson Lake is a 380 acre lake that allows boats with both gas powered and electric motors. There is a "no wake" maximum 5 miles an hour speed limit. Kayaks and canoes are also welcome. It is open daily from 7am until sunset with additional hours from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Willow Lake is located near Watson Lake offering about 400 acres of water surface. It allows boats with electric motors, canoes & kayaks. It is open daily from 7am until sunset with additional hours from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Lynx Lake is also a smaller lake with 55 acres. Only boats with a single engine of 10 horsepower or less are permitted on the lake. The lake is ideal for kayaking, sailing and canoeing.

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