Boating safety is key to making each trip a positive one and preventing injuries. No drugs should be used, and safety gear must always be present and accessible. Constant monitoring of the weather is also necessary, as is informing someone of the destination of a trip. Do not overload boats and always respect to any rules or regulations that apply.
Some areas of the world require a pleasure craft operator card when operating a motor powered, marine, vehicle. All owners of recreational watercraft must have the card to be able to get into the water. The size of the craft does not matter. It can be something as small as a one man vehicle. If it is being used for recreation, the card is needed.