Shasta County Calif.—With the weather getting warmer the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everyone to stay safe while recreating on the waterways this season.
Boating safety education is part of the mission of the Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Boating Safety Unit.
Both agencies have free safety information available for the boating community at the Shasta County Sheriff’s Boating Safety Unit Office at Bridge Bay Marina or the main Sheriff’s Office building at 300 Park Marina Circle.
Before you begin your boating season it is a good idea to do a pre-season inspection of your boat and safety equipment.
This would include checking the engines oil, coolant, fuel, and batteries.
Make sure your vessel has all the proper safety equipment.
• There should be one United States Coast Guard approved life jacket readily accessible for every person on the vessel. The life jacket must be serviceable and the proper size and fit for the intended wearer. There should not be any rips, tares, holes, fading, oil stains and the Coast Guard label must be legible. This includes paddle craft users.
• All children under the age of 13 years must wear a life jacket on board a vessel, which is not anchored, moored or beached.
• There needs to be one serviceable United States Coast Guard approved type IV throw able floatation device immediately accessible on every recreational vessel over 16 feet. There should not be any rips, tares, holes, fading, oil stains and the Coast Guard label must be legible.
• A sounding device is required on all vessels.
• A ski flag is to be displayed whenever a skier is down, a rope or water ski or other water sport device is in the water. The ski flag shall not be displayed any other time.
• Proper navigation lights are required, no water skiing and no PWC operations from sunset to sunrise. There is a 15 MPH speed limit on Lake Shasta from ½ hour after sunset to a ½ hour before sunrise.
• Children between the ages of 12-15 years may operate a vessel, when someone who is 18 years or older is attentive and supervising the operation. Be aware of debris and land just under the water’s surface and maintain a proper look out at all times.
• Beware of carbon monoxide around vessels. Make sure to shut off the engine while stopped and/or swimming.
• Do not drink and drive and maintain a sober driver.
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