Older Kids and Boating: When Are They Ready to Take the Helm?

July 15, 2019

Operating a boat in Florida is frequently an activity (and a skill) that is handed from parents to children, and a process that may be seamless for many kids and...

Boating Safety: Plan!

June 10, 2019

Getting away on the boat for a day or the weekend can be one of the most exciting—yet relaxing—ways to spend your time away from work and the hustle and...

Boating Passengers: Avoid Doing These Five Things While on the Water

August 1, 2018

Boating in Florida can be an enjoyable venture year-round for many outdoorsy water enthusiasts. There are opportunities to catch fish of all kinds, check out wildlife, and enjoy a wide...

Boating Safety: Know What to Do in the Event of Capsizing

July 20, 2018

Whether you are a continually returning visitor or a resident, you have probably enjoyed boating in Florida at least once or twice. The beaches, bays, Gulf of Mexico, and Atlantic...

Boating Deaths Continue to Rise in Florida: Alcohol Often Plays a Factor

July 3, 2018

Whether you are a native Floridian, long-time resident, or a return visitor, if you enjoy fresh air and being on the water, boating is usually on the agenda. Travel by...

Florida Boating: Can Your Passengers Swim?

June 25, 2018

If only life could be so easy as going out and having a great time without having to worry about a list of to-do’s and minutiae! Unfortunately, the rewards of...

Boating Accidents: The Three Main Causes in Florida

May 2, 2018

We are drawn to the water for so many reasons—and in so many different places. In Florida alone, there are a multitude of places to go swimming, water skiing, boogie...

Boating Caution: Always Perform a Safety Check Before Leaving the Dock

October 3, 2017

If you live in Florida, more than once you have probably heard, “Just jump in the boat—let’s go!” without any concern for boating caution. While taking off certainly can be...

Boating & Drinking: Not a Good Mix

May 30, 2017

Sunshine. Friends and family. Fun on the water. In Florida, we all know this is a great way to spend any day, whether you are out fishing, snorkeling, jet-skiing, or...

What Constitutes Negligence in a Boating Accident

April 17, 2017

Boating accidents happen all the time. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there were 4,158 recreational boating accidents in 2015. These resulted in 2,613 injuries, 626 deaths, and roughly $42...

Heintz & Becker Boating Safety Series Part 12: Anna Maria Island Sail & Power Squadron Promotes Safety and Education

August 26, 2016

There’s a wonderful non-profit community organization in northwest Bradenton that has an active social network and is dedicated to providing boating safety and educational services to local boaters.  It’s called...

Heintz & Becker Boating Safety Series Part 11: Boating with Kids

August 1, 2016

There are few things more exciting to many kids than getting to go on a boat.  Not only is it a great way to have fun and enjoy the outdoors,...