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What to Do When Someone Falls Overboard

According to BoaterExam.com 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 […]

Common Hand Signals for Boat-Towed Sports

When wakeboarding, waterskiing or participating in all forms of boat-towed sports, hand signals are a crucial part of communicating with the operator. Attempting to yell instructions can be next to impossible to hear over the noise of the boat […]

Hunting Season Gets Ready to Open

September 1st marks the opening of dove season across most of the state and most of the 300,000 wingshooters are already busy gathering their gear and locating a place to hunt. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Wildlife Division has […]

Texas Do’s and Don’ts

Recreational hunting and fishing licenses and stamp endorsements are available at approximately 1,700 locations throughout Texas. These locations include sporting goods stores, gun shops, department stores, discount stores, bait and tackle shops, grocery stores, and many other types of […]

Life Jackets Come in All Shapes and Sizes

Anyone who owns a boat and respects the rules of the water knows that having a life jacket for all passengers onboard is the law. Simply wearing a life jacket is not enough – anyone putting on a jacket […]

Jump In!!

Nothing is as exhilarating, on a hot summer day, as breezing through the water on a boat of any kind.  If you want to top off that day, jumping into the water can be refreshing and energizing.  Swimming from […]

What’s Up Dock?

Docking is tricky business.  Many boat captains listen to those so willing to offer docking advice. There is only one person solely responsible for your vessel and crew safety: you. Even the most experienced captains and crews have a […]

Protection from the Storm

Responsible boaters check weather conditions before venturing out but there are times when bad weather surfaces out of the blue.  There are things you can do to assure that you and your passengers stay safe.  If you do find […]

Seamanship

Qualified operation of a vessel equals seamanship. Tying knots and slicing lines – how good are you at this?  Can you rig heavy weather lifelines?  If you have a boat, do you know what equipment is needed to safely […]

Closer Than They Appear

It goes without saying; small boats should steer clear of large merchant ships. On the waterfront, it is called the law of gross tonnage, and the bigger ship will undoubtedly always win. Viewed from a smaller ship, larger ships […]

Water and Boating Safety

Keeping Your Precious Cargo Safe For those who regularly boat with family members aboard, it is important to never miss the  golden opportunity to involve each and every family passenger in some sort of duty aboard the boat. Not […]