Boating in Alabama
***Alabama Marine Police HQ has a new number: 334-517-2950. Our toll-free number is still 800-272-7930.***
PRACTICE SAFE BOATING - WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET!
It's too hot!! I know how to swim! It's just not cool! Nothing will happen to me! These are some of the reasons boaters give for not wearing a life jacket. Let us give you some reasons why you should.
Do it for yourself and your family! Most boating fatalities are the result of capsizings or falls overboard when the victims were not wearing a life jacket. Expect the unexpected and wear a life jacket. Remember, it won't work if you don't wear it!
All children under eight years of age must wear a life jacket while on a boat. Why not wear your life jacket as an example to your children. The life you save may be your own!
It's the law!! Everyone on board a vessel must have a life jacket available to them. Make sure they fit properly and are in good condition. Anyone being towed on skis or a tube, riding a Jet Ski or Sea Doo, or boating within 800 feet below a dam must wear a life jacket.
Practice safe and courteous boating practices. Be aware of what is going on around you, know the laws and rules of the waterway, and be considerate of other boaters.
Above all, Wear Your Life Jacket!! It's Your Friend For Life!!
DURING THE WARM WEATHER BOATING SEASON, BOAT SMART FROM THE START AND WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET
PRACTICE SAFE BOATING WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET!!
ALABAMA MARINE POLICE
The Alabama Marine Police Division's mission is to enhance safety and promote responsible use of resources on Alabama's waterways though enforcement, education and community activities.
With Alabama's favorable weather conditions and abundant waterways, boating is a popular activity across the state. Over one million boaters enjoy Alabama's one million acres of lakes, 1,600 miles of rivers and 53 miles of coastline each year.
The Alabama Marine Police Division patrols the public waterways, oversees the registration of all pleasure boats and the licensing of all boat operators, and operates a statewide education program. The AMP Division also administers the State's regulatory waterway marking program, presently overseeing 1,518 hazard and control markers/zones. A Disaster Response Team that responds to emergency situations statewide and a Boat Theft Unit that investigates boat and marine accessory theft cases round out some of the services provided to Alabama's boating community.
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