Calusa Cruise Club members must attend a Coast Guard or Power Squadron basic boating course!
- Keep boat and electronic equipment in good working condition.
- Obtain weather reports before leaving.
- Be conscious of changes in the weather and the limitations of your boat.
- Know your boat's fuel consumption and carry sufficient fuel.
- Check chart for course, distance, aids to navigate, etc.
- Observe the rules of the road and extend others the courtesy you would like to receive.
- Never overload your boat.
- Have readily accessible approved lifesaving device for each person on board regardless of the vessel's size.
- Periodically check the pressure indicator on fire extinguisher and dates on the distress signals to insure they are operative.
- Carry at least one, preferably two, anchors with ample line.
- Conserver your signals until you are sure of being detected.
- Wait until you see or hear a vessel or aircraft before using a "one time" signal.
- Stay with the boat if safe to do so - a boat is easier to spot than a swimmer.
- A throwing device should be ready and available at all times.
- Remember, you are morally and legally responsible for the lives and well being of all aboard your vessel.
- Prepare a float plan and leave with a responsible person.
- Every boat should have a safety inspection annually by the Coast Guard Auxiliary.