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Boating & Water Safety

Publications / Documents

13-Point Small-Boat Checklist (WEB ONLY)
Checklist of items to inspect for a boat and equipment.  
Minimum grade level: HS  

Boating Regulation Recap (BROCHURE)
Brochure provides a recap of current state laws and resent additions and changes to existing boating regulations.  
Minimum grade level: HS  

Boating Under the Influence (WEB ONLY)
BUI laws and consequences.  
Minimum grade level: HS  

Choosing a Canoe for Fishing PA Waters (WEB ONLY)
Items to consider when choosing a canoe.  
Minimum grade level: HS  

Coldwater Safety (WEB ONLY)
Crossword puzzle on important coldwater safety topics.  
Minimum grade level: ES

Frequently Asked Questions: Boat Registration and Titling
Information for new boat owners. What to do after the purchase of a boat, including titling and registration.
Minimum grade level: HS

Hazards on the Water
This Brochure identifies hazards found on water such as low head dams, strainers, current, weather etc. Also includes information on how to avoid these hazards.
Minimum grade level: MS

Ice Awls (FACT SHEET)
Describes how to make and use ice awls for self rescue when a person has fallen through the ice.  
Minimum grade level: MS  

Is the Ice Safe? (WEB ONLY)
PLAY brochure on ice safety, bass habitat, the food chain and artificial lures.  
Minimum grade level: ES  

Oh No! There's a Fire (FACT SHEET)
Puzzle on fire safety. Includes information on PASS--how to use an extinguisher.  
Minimum grade level: ES  

Personal Flotation Devices (BROCHURE)
Describes types of PFDs and their use. Also includes legal requirements.  
Minimum grade level: ES-MS  

Personal WaterCraft (PWC) in Pennsylvania (WEB ONLY)
Describes PWCs and their use. Also includes regulations.  
Minimum grade level: ES-MS  

PLAY: Dangers Around the Water (WEB ONLY)
PLAY brochure containing the following articles: Dangers Around the Water, Prepare to Fall In, Recipe for Water Safety, Hook Safety & Removal, Homemade Water Rescue, A Stringer of Safety Tips.  
Minimum grade level: ES-HS  

Pocket First Aid Kit 
Description of how to assemble a simple pocket sized first aid kit.
Minimum grade level: ES

Safe Fueling Techniques (WEB ONLY)
Checklist and information about safe fueling.  
Minimum grade level: HS  

Secret Code for Ice Safety (BROCHURE)
Word game, includes tips on ice safety.  
Minimum grade level: ES  

Summertime Do's and Dont's (WEB ONLY)
Describes the correct procedures to follow around a busy boat launch ramp in summer.  
Minimum grade level: MS-HS  

Tool Box: Boats and Water Safety (WEB ONLY)
How the PFBC uses boats, touchdown test for PFD fit.  
Minimum grade level: ES  

Wear It Pennsylvania Pledge Card (WEB ONLY)
Take the Wear It Pennsylvania Pledge  
Minimum grade level: ES  

Zip and Buckle Up (WEB ONLY)
Tips on personal flotation devices (PFD) and who is legally required to wear one.  
Minimum grade level: MS  

VIDEOS

Awesome Power (VHS/17 min.)
Actual footage of what the awesome power of water can do to towns, communities, houses, cars and people as the result of flash floods.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  

Basic Navigation/Rules of the Road (VHS/60 min.)
In this program, David Smith shows you the basics of boating. He covers basic aids to navigation, buoys, lights, ranges, structural charts, where to purchase and how to read charts by means of visual fix, line of position, dumb compass, triangulation and depth contours. Learn to determine speed by chip log, fixes, ranges, and mechanical log. Great for the beginner - good refresher for the advanced boater.
Bennett Marine Video  

Boat America (DVD/63 min.)
Boating safety instruction.  
Minimum grade level: MS  

Boating Safety Around River Tows (VHS/6 min.)
The most important rule to remember is that the pilot has a large blind spot and recreational boaters need to maintain a safe distance from tows and barges. The video covers important safety tips when boating near and around tows.
Reel Images  

Boating the Starboard Way (VHS)
Professor Heywood Banks takes you into his boating education laboratory to demonstrate the correct way to boat. Great introduction to boating safety with plenty of tips that could save a life.  
Minimum grade level: MS  

Cold Water Boot Camp (DVD/30 min.)
Volunteers experience the three effects of Cold Water Immersion – cold shock, cold incapacitation and hypothermia; Dr Giesbrecht (aka “Professor Popsicle”) provides valuable information about how to survive an accidental fall into cold water and the indisputable fact that lifejackets make a difference!  
Minimum grade level: MS  

Day Sailing (VHS/30 min.)
Robbie Doyle demonstrates a short sail in the harbor by reviewing the balance of forces involved in sailing and some of the necessary tools. Points of sail and wind direction are covered as well as care and maintenance of equipment.
Bennett Marine Video

Harm's Way (VHS/18 min.)
This award winning film is designed for teenage and young adult audiences who participate in high-risk activities. It features the insights of young people with both head and spinal cord injuries, including a combination of action, music and very honest and direct testimony.
American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Lake Erie Boating and Fishing (VHS/28 min.)
This video shows the pleasure of boating and fishing on Lake Erie.
PA Fish and Boat Commission

Little Common Sense (VHS/20 min.)
Several boating experts, a boat builder, a coastal pilot, an insurance claims adjuster, a Coast Guard coxswain, a speedboat racer, a Coast Guard Commander, and a professional salvage operator are interviewed in this video concerning boating safety. It is an effective tool to drive home the necessity of using a little common sense while boating, even more so when teamed with the pamphlet "Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats."
US Coast Guard  

New Look at Cold Water Near Drowning (VHS/30 min.)
Sudden facial immersion in cold water sets off a primitive response called the mammalian diving reflex. This reflex reduces the blood circulation to the heart, lungs and brain. This film shows actual footage of a father and son exposed to cold water for a lengthy period and what was done to ensure survival. The film also explains, through various experts, on what we can do in the first few minutes of cold water near drowning, what causes drowning in cold water and the basic fundamentals of setting up rescue, location of victim, rescue, CPR and transportation.
A Concept Systems, Inc. Production  

Pleasure Boating Vol #1 (The Basics of Boating) (VHS/60 min.)
This video will teach you, in depth, how to navigate a complete and safe cruise from harbor to harbor. This tape includes such needed aspects as pre-cruise preparations, knot tying, boating safety, basic navigation, rules of the road, getting underway, rough weather handling, anchoring and mooring, fire aboard and much more.
Bennett Marine Video

PWC: Personal Responsibility (VHS/15 min.)
Video deals with basic responsibilities when venturing into the world of jet skis.
Marketing Resources Group  

PWC: Play It Safe (VHS/11 min.)
Note: This video replaces the old "Good, the Bad, the Jet Ski"

Video gives a brief introduction into the world of PWC's, showing rules of the road, ATON, common courtesy, etc.
Personal Water Craft Industry Association

Reading the Wind (VHS/60 min.)
Robbie Doyle considers the important elements necessary for sailing a course through the use of a cruising vessel. Proper boat handling is considered, as well as another lesson in knot tying.
Bennett Marine Video  

Road Signs of the Waterways (VHS/10 min.)
A film identifying common Aids to Navigation that a boater would encounter while on the water. Provides the new boater with the basics of the U.S. Aids to Navigation System through live action footage, artwork and animation. It also covers some history of the development of Aids to Navigation in the United States.
United States Coast Guard  

Sailing for New Sailors (VHS/30 min.)
Robbie Doyle welcomes you to the sport of sailing. Doyle acquaints the new sailor with some of the language of the sea, as well as the basics of sailing and seamanship.
Bennett Marine Video  

Sailor's Knots and Splices (VHS/55 min.)
What rope and when to use it; which knot and how to tie it. The mysteries of splicing are explained. Professional rigger, knotsman and author, Brian Toss, guides you step-by-step through 18 knots, whippings and splices in three-strand and double-braid rope.
Wooden Boat Magazine  

Single Screw Boat Handling - Trailerable Vol. 1 (VHS/75 min.)
This tape covers all aspects of handling a trailerable boat. The tape is divided into chapters in which the following topics are discussed: towing - including proper selection of vehicle and hitch, procedure at a launching ramp or beach, backing down and floating your boat, maneuvering and handling the boat, safety productions, boat retrieval, cleanup and a complete safety checklist. This tape is a must have. Neptune Productions

Staying Afloat (VHS/10 min.)
This video deals with individuals in different situations that fall into the water and objects available that will keep them afloat until help arrives.
National Safety Council

Trailering Your Boat (VHS/12 min.)
Tips for on-the-road and at-the-ramp. Proper procedures and check lists prior to getting on the road, while on the road, and at the ramp. An excellent video for first time trailering your boat.
US Coast Guard  

US Power Squadron: Boating Course for Power and Sail (VHS/80 min.)
This is the first video edition of the nation's best-known boating course that has taught basic boating to over three million people. Exciting aerial and on-the-water footage and state-of-the-art graphics are used to introduce the essentials of boat handling and to make charts, piloting, and the rules of the road as much fun to watch as they are easy to understand. This video, with the accompanying 240-page book, covers all the material normally taught in six weekly USPS classes.
US Power Squadron

Water: The Deceptive Power (VHS/32 min.)
Many of us take for granted water and often forget about its power and what it can do to homes, land, and people. Interviews with accident victims and with the people who must deal with them help drive the point home about the power of water.
American Red Cross

Water: The Timeless Compound (VHS/32 min.)
A unique motion picture experience addressing water safety awareness. Examines water as it is found in oceans, large lakes, rivers, creeks and streams. The story is told through documentary photograph, animation and accounts or water accident victims.
Fawecett Productions  

Water Ski Driver You're In Charge (VHS/15 min.)
A look at a day on the water: waterskiing, with tips, rules, and general safety items when pulling a skier.
National Safety Council  

Waterskiing (VHS/90 min.)
SERIES OF (5) VIDEOS AS FOLLOWS:

    1. BAREFOOT: Starring Brett Wing with Mike Suyderhoud.
    2. BEGINNING AND INTERMEDIATE + WATERSKIING FOR KIDS: Starring Mike Suyderhoud
    3. JUMPING AND OVERALL SKIING: Staring Sammy Duvall with Mike Suyderhoud.
    4. SLALOM: Starring Bob LaPoint with Mike Suyderhoud.
    5. TRICK SKIING: Starring Cory Pickos with Mike Suyderhoud.

Training Associates

Welcome Paddler (VHS/28 min.)
An introduction to quiet water canoeing and basic skills.
US Canoe Association  

You're in Control and Accept the Responsibility (VHS/26 min.)
The American Canoe Association has produced both of these clips. They both contain GUIDES TO SAFE PADDLING information used by the National Livery Safety System.
American Canoe Association