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These boating tips will help keep you safe - and legal

KINGMAN - Now that summer is upon us, it is time to do a reality check when it comes to operating a watercraft out on our Colorado River lakes.

Josh Hoffman is the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Boat Safety and Education Coordinator.

"Time spent on our lakes and waterways should be a fun time for everyone," Hoffman said.

"Whether you're on a boat or in the water, everyone must remain vigilant to ensure time on the water is safe for all."

Here are a few safety tips that will ensure all will have a good time this summer.

• State law requires that ALL passengers 12 years old and younger to wear a life jacket while onboard and that the vessel must have one life jacket for each passenger.

• Anyone being towed by a boat or on a personal watercraft such as a jet ski must wear a life jacket.

• Before starting the boat's engine, walk to the stern to make sure no one is near the propeller.

• Never allow passengers to board or exit while the engine(s) are running.

• Educate passengers on the location and danger of the propellers.

• Take extra precautions around other boats towing skiers and/or tubers.

• Never reverse a boat to pick someone out of the water.

It's also recommended that all boat operators and passengers complete a boating safety course. For a list of courses hosted around the state, please visit www.azgfd.gov/boating.