According to the major cause of fatalities involving small boats is drownings from falls overboard, which is why it is important for boaters to wear their personal flotation devices (PFDs).

Capsizing—the overturning of a vessel on its side or turned over—is most common in small sailboats and canoes. Capsizing can occur from operator error or from heavy winds and rough waters.

Follow the boater safety tips on this infographic from


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