Plea­sure craft op­er­a­tor card

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ves­sel size; • check the weather fore­cast; • leave a trip plan with a re­spon­si­ble per­son; • and bring along your marine charts. Be­ing pre­pared in­cludes know­ing and fol­low­ing the ‘rules of the road’ at all times. Al­ways main­tain a proper look­out, op­er­ate at a safe speed and keep your dis­tance from large ves­sels. Don’t for­get, you are re­spon­si­ble for the safe op­er­a­tion of your ves­sel at all times and the safety of all guests on board. All plea­sure craft must carry safety equip­ment that may in­clude: • life­jack­ets; • a buoy­ant heav­ing line; • flares and/or a flash­light; • a man­ual bilge pump or bailer; • nav­i­ga­tion lights; • pad­dles; • an an­chor; • a fire ex­tin­guisher, and; • a whis­tle or horn. Con­sult the Safe Boat­ing Guide for a de­tailed list. Ev­ery power­boat op­er­a­tor must now carry proof of com­pe­tency such as the Plea­sure Craft Op­er­a­tor Card (PCOC), along with photo ID — or face a $250 fine. The best way to get your proof of com­pe­tency is to take a safe boat­ing course. To learn more about boat­ing safety cour­ses and how to pre­pare for a safe out­door ad­ven­ture, visit www.boat­

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