The most important piece of equipment for safe boating and general water safety is the personal flotation device (PFD) which can be a throwable or wearable device. Wearables are better known as life jackets. Most boating deaths happen when people don't wear life jackets and drown. Boat operators must be alert to changing boating conditions and should tell all passengers to wear their life jackets in dangerous conditions—such as heavy boat traffic, severe weather or dangerous water conditions.
Today's life jackets are colorful, comfortable and easy to wear. Wearing a life jacket is important, no matter how well you swim or operate a boat. You never know when your boat may overturn or when you may fall overboard. Once you are in the water, it is very difficult for even the most athletic and coordinated individuals to put on a life jacket while trying to stay afloat.
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Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.