SAFETY FIRST

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FOR FUN THAT LASTS

By following simple, common-sense rules, you and your family can make the most out of every adventure on the Buffalo Blueway.

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Always wear a properly fitted, Coast Guard Approved Personal Flotation Device

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Follow the “rules of the road” and share the waterways with other water crafts

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Boating, paddling and drinking don't mix, so stay sober and stay safe

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Be a good steward of the water, taking photos and leaving just a wake

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Dress for the weather and be aware of potential storms and changing weather conditions

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Let a close contact know about your plans or share your float plan with someone who is staying on land

RULES OF THE ROAD

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SHARE THE WATERS WITH OTHER WATER CRAFTS

  • All vessels STAY CLEAR of freighters, barges and dredging operations
  • Paddlers must STAY CLEAR of and defer to power-driven craft
  • Paddlers should STAY OUT of the middle of the channel
  • Paddlers should only cross the channel in a straight line or 90-degree angle
  • Small power craft DEFER to larger power craft, or less maneuverable craft
  • Small power craft should use the middle of the channel
  • All craft DEFER to sailboats under SAIL
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Learn more through Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper’s essential paddling and boating videos.