Boating season is just around the wave!


  • The majority of fatalities occur involving boats of less than 26′, in calm water with waves less than 6” and in light wind (0-6 mph), during the months of June and July, on a Saturday, between 2:30pm -6:30pm.
  • In 2011, the Coast Guard counted 4588 accidents that involved 758 deaths, 3081 injuries and approximately $52 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.
  • 70% of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, of those, 84% were not wearing a life jacket. Eight out of every ten boaters who drowned were using vessels less than 21 feet in length.
  • Only 11% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had received boating safety instruction.
  • Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed, and machinery failure rank as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents.
  • Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; it was listed as the leading factor in 16% of the deaths.
  • Fifteen children under age thirteen lost their lives while boating in 2011. 60% of the children who died in 2011 died from drowning. 78% of those who drowned were wearing a life jacket as required by state and federal law.

Can you pass the quiz?   Safe Boating “Quick Quiz“?

The Handbook of Indiana boating Laws and Responsibilities- Contact the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for a copy at   or 317-232-4010.

Online safe boating courses

Download the Boat handbook at or contact your local DNR office for a copy.

Forums for discussion and sharing-

Boat ready for the waves with these 6 tips!

Personal WaterCraft- Stay safe and have fun.

Life jacket safety tips from the U.S. Coast Guard.