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.