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Boat Safety Equipment

In order to safely and legally operate a watercraft or other maritime vessel on the open water, you?ll need some basic first aid and safety equipment and follow some safety guidelines.
These boating regulations and rules aren't out to ruin your fun or cause a headache out on the lake, however these regulations are designed and are enforced in order to save lives.
For decades, these safety regulations have done just that and that is why Defender Marine is proud to provide not only the fun elements of the boating/watercraft experience, but also the safety equipment you need to have but hope you never have to use.

Boat Safety Equipment You Need Includes The Following:

  • Life jackets/personal flotation devices (PFD): Drowning is a major concern on the water, even if you are a good swimmer. A PFD can mean the difference between life and death, especially if the person in the water is unconscious, or fighting exhaustion. A PFD also makes you more visible to other boaters.
  • First aid kit: Cuts, scrapes, contusions, and breaks can all happen on the water. Be prepared with a first aid kit that can tackle any trauma right when you need it. A good first response is the best way to make sure injuries don't become worse in the time it takes for help to arrive on the water.
  • Safety flares: These flares are a great way to signal for help. The distinctive glow of an emergency flare can be seen for miles.
  • Fire extinguishers: Being in the middle of the water in your boat is literally the last place you want to have a fire. It is best that you put it out with an extinguisher before the lake or ocean does the job for you.
  • Bells and whistles: Sound travels well on the water, and in moments of distress, bells and whistles are recognized as distress signals and ways to communicate with other boaters. Air horns (fixed and portable) are also handy.
  • Visual distress signals: This includes personal rescue lights, flares, and even signal flags which are commonly used for water-skiing and wake-boarding
  • Inflatable life raft: Sometimes you have to abandon your boat and having a life raft will drastically increase your chances of survival in open water.
  • Buckets for bailing: Even electrical pumps can fail, and nothing beats an old-fashioned bucket to move water from one place to the other when the water is coming in fast.
  • Oars or paddles: In the event of an engine failure, this might be your best and last-ditch effort to get to shore.
  • Anchors: This device keeps you from drifting when there is an emergency. One of the first things to do in an emergency, once you are out of harm's way, is to stay put and wait for help to arrive.


  • Marine safety equipment like first aid kits, life jackets, PFDs and inflatable life rafts should always be in good working condition as well as updated to current safety standards.
    Some items can expire or not be reliable over time, which is why Defender is here to help.
    If you have any questions about the safety equipment you should buy or how to use certain equipment, contact our marine experts.