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The mission of the Wear It Colorado River! partnership is to promote safe and knowledgeable recreational boating on the Colorado River through the combined educational and enforcement resources of Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah.

As a general rule of thumb, boaters are advised to:

  • Wear a life jacket
  • Take a boating safety class
  • Carry all required safety gear
  • Know your boat and its limitations
  • Follow the boating “rules of the road”
  • Be aware of weather and water conditions
  • Boat sober - don’t drink and operate a boat

Take a boating safety course:

Arizona - Boat Safe, Boat Smart, Boat Sober! Boaters that have completed a National Association of State Boating Law Administrator (NASBLA) approved course certified by the state in which they reside are 70 percent less likely to be involved in a boating accident. Boating safety education classes are available in a traditional classroom environment statewide throughout the year, or online via the Internet.

California - If it’s your boat, it’s your responsibility! The California Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) offers various options for you to take a boating safety class and/or course. Visit the division’s Boating Safety Classes and Courses page to learn about what options are available to you, whether through DBW, the US Coast Guard, various Aquatic Centers or the US Power Squadrons.

Nevada - Learn and participate. Boaters born on or after January 1, 1983 must complete a boater education course, approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators to operate a boat with more than a 15-horsepower motor on Nevada's interstate waters, including Lake Tahoe, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and Topaz Lake. Nevada has recently passed new regulations mandating boater education for some Nevadans. View your options here.

Utah - Utah's Boating Program aims to educate and inform boat operators about boating laws and rules established to provide public safety and protect the natural resources on Utah's waterways. Boaters have the responsibility to practice and advocate safe and ethical use of our waterways. This responsibility includes properly registering boats, learning and obeying boating safety laws and rules, and sharing waterways with other boaters, swimmers, and anglers. Learn more here.

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