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Media Best Practices

ABYC recommends these boating and water safety media practices to support a culture of safety. These media best practices may be helpful for photo and video shoots, written materials, social media posts and other collateral.


  • Life jackets: To model responsible safety behavior, all boaters should always wear a life jacket on any vessel underway (i.e. motorized and non-motorized watercraft). All state laws for life jacket use shall be followed.
  • Carbon Monoxide: Gasoline powered engines on boats produce carbon monoxide; an odorless and colorless gas that is poisonous. Please avoid people swimming anywhere near the stern (rear) of a motorized vessel or occupants sitting along the swim deck/platform of a motorized vessel while the boat motor is running.
  • Do not use pictures of dangerous or careless activities such as sitting outside the confines of the cockpit, riding on seat backs, dangling legs or arms in the water while underway.
  • Alcoholic beverages: Boating under the influence of alcohol is the primary leading cause of recreational boating accidents. Any displays of alcoholic beverages or drug use should be avoided.
  • Passengers should be shown properly seated. If standing, at a designated occupant location indicated by the manufacturer. Occupants should never be seated on seat backs, gunnels or outside the protective confines of the cockpit.
  • Show proper use of handholds while the boat is in motion.
  • Engine Cut-Off Devices: An engine cut-off device should always be used on a watercraft with a motor (i.e. powerboat, personal watercraft). This may be a cord lanyard that is attached to the operator’s wrist or life jacket, and the properly attached, or a wireless device that includes a wristband or visible fob for the boat operator and/or passengers. An engine cut-off device will immediately stop a boat’s engine should the operator fall overboard.
  • Engines should never be running while people are in the water around the vessel or outside the cockpit containment area.


This list provides topics of current and continuing interest to journalists. The information here is updated regularly

Popular boating safety topics

  • Boat accidents
  • Boat service
  • Causes and prevention of boat fires
  • Electric Shock Drowning (ESD)
  • Carbon Monoxide poisoning
  • Aquatic invasive species
  • Safety equipment, signs and labels
  • Boat load capacity
  • Marine surveys
  • Marine technician training/workforce development in the marine industry
  • Topics on boat design, construction, installation and repair:
  • Marine systems
  • Fuel and ventilation systems
  • Hull and deck structures
  • Control systems
  • Marine electrical systems and marine electrical components
  • Gasoline and diesel engines
  • Navigation lights and sound signal appliances
  • Firefighting equipment and detection systems
  • Marine corrosion
  • Battery installation and maintenance
  • Boat builder compliance and certification
  • ISO standardsGlobal product compliance

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