Staying safe out on the water is one of our Boating Program’s biggest concerns. We want to make sure you make it home to your friends and family at the end of the day. To help raise awareness, we have compiled two of our biggest tips on how you can prepare for a safe boating […]
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Do You Know Boating’s BIG 3?
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and marine law enforcement officers across the country want you to be aware of the 3 major contributors to accidents, injuries, and fatalities in the water. 1 of every 2 accidents, injuries, and fatalities is caused by ignoring the BIG 3. Wear your life jacket– Almost […]
Help! There’s Been a Boating Accident!
No one likes unexpected situations; especially when they have the potential to cause thousands of dollars in damage, serious injury, or even death. Unfortunately, this is the often the case whenever you are dealing with boating accidents. Boating accidents can be avoided by following Utah’s boating laws and rules. These include not operating a boat […]
What Causes Boating Accidents?
SALT LAKE CITY — When thinking of the scene of a boating accident, the image brought to mind is often one of dark skies, big boats, and high waves. However, this is not the case. The majority of boating fatalities take place on smaller sized boats under 21 feet, with light wind, and on waves smaller […]
Fire Extinguishers & Your Boat
Fire extinguishers are an important part of ensuring your time on the water is both fun and safe. Do you know Utah’s fire extinguisher laws? All motorboats, unless exempt, MUST carry a readily accessible and approved fire extinguisher on board. Fire extinguishers must be serviceable and U.S. Coast Guard or Underwriters Laboratory (UL) marine approved. […]
Types of Inflatable Life Jackets
With technology constantly changing, keeping up with the newest – and legal – life jackets can get frustrating. From vests, to throwables, and now with inflatables, the list is constantly growing. Here at Utah State Parks, we want to keep you informed. So we’ve put together this rundown to help you make informed decisions when it […]
The Different Types of Life Jackets
While all life jackets and personal floatation devices (PFDs) assist in keeping you alive in the water, did you know that there are different kinds? Some are the traditional ones you wear as a vest, others are thrown out to people in trouble, and there are even some that automatically inflate when they hit the […]
Is Your Life Jacket Serviceable?
According to U.S Coast Guard standards, life jackets should be serviceable and inspected often. Before using your life jacket or personal floatation device (PFD, inspect and make sure that: PFD is free of rips, tears, and holes in the fabric. Seams, straps, and buckles should are in good condition. PFD is free of mildew odor and […]
Help! It’s Cold In Here! – What to do in cold water.
A lot can go through your mind if you find yourself stuck swimming or sinking in cold water. Here at the Utah State Parks Boating Program, we hope you never have to go through a situation like this; however, we want you to be prepared just in case it should happen. To help, we put […]
Things to Know Before You Tow
We can all agree that towing friends and family behind the boat is one of the best ways to recreate in the outdoors. However, before you strap on the wakeboard and practice your 360, let’s go over some rules you should remember. Here at Utah State Parks, we’ve seen a lot of mistakes and mishaps when […]