Top 5 Palmetto Boating Safety Tips

Carelessness and lack of attention are the leading causes of boating accidents in Florida, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Pay careful attention to your surroundings while on the water for a safer, more enjoyable outing.

1. Wear a life vest. Modern life jackets are available in a wide variety of shapes, colors, patterns, and sizes. Many are thin and flexible. Don’t complain that it’s uncomfortable or unattractive. Wear one. It could save your life.

2. File a float plan. Leave it with a person who you can depend on to notify officials if you do not return from your journey as scheduled. If you are delayed, and it is not an emergency, tell those with your float plan to avoid unnecessary panic. Also, make sure those on the boat with you are familiar with the plan.

3. Have safety equipment on board. All recreational vessels are required to have safety equipment on board. Make sure you know what you’re supposed to have, in case of an emergency.

4. Pay attention. About 34% of boating accidents were due to inattention or the operator failing to look out properly. Make sure your eyes are on the water. In addition, stay sober while operating your vessel.

5. Get a Boater Safety Education card. Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 is required to have a Boater Safety Education card to legally operate a boat in Florida.


Being safe this summer in the Manatee river should always be a top priority. Whether you are a new beginner or a seasoned boater, taking these 5 tips to heart can help you to stay safe. Now that June is here and summer is upon us, be sure to be prepped for an increase of traffic on the water. The best way to stay safe is to be prepared and Riviera Dunes Marina is here to make sure that everyone on the Manatee River does just that!