Boating Safety Check List

Here is a list of boating requirements by law. The information provided is designed to help make your boating adventures on Norris Lake safe. Norris Lake deaths due to drownings can easily be prevented by following the boating safety checklists and personal watercraft operation. Everyone swimming in Norris Lake should always use a personal flotation device.

Required by Law

  • Approved wearable flotation device for each person readily accessible
  • Additional throwable flotation device on boats over 16 feet
  • Persons 12 and under must wear a personal flotation device while underway
  • Fire extinguisher if fuel tank or engine is enclosed
  • Running lights after sunset or during restricted visibility
  • State registration card on board
  • Registration number and validation sticker displayed
  • Do not operate a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Observe navigation rules
  • Do not overload boat
  • Sound signaling device

Other Items:

  • Do not occupy ramp until boat is ready to launch
  • Notify others of your schedule
  • Obtain weather forecasts
  • Navigation charts
  • Bail bucket
  • Anchor and line
  • Paddle
  • Secure boat to trailer after loading5
  • Trailer lights • Reduce speed at night
  • Check for gasoline fumes
  • Motor kill switch
  • 170 degree wide-angle rear view mirror

Wear Your Personal Flotation Device

80% of drowning victims in boating accidents were not wearing a personal flotation device.

All Personal Watercraft Operation Must:

  • Wear a personal flotation device (life jacket). Type I, II, or III. Inflatables cannot be used.
  • Be at least 12 years old unless an adult is on board who can take immediate control of the boat.
  • If towing skiers, surfboards, or other devices, be equipped with the appropriate mirrors

You May Not:

  • Jump the immediate wake (within 100 feet) of another vessel
  • Weave through congested vessel traffic
  • Ride close to ramps, docks, or the shore
  • Operate a personal watercraft between sunset and sunrise
  • Operate a personal watercraft if under the age of 12 unless an adult is on board who can take immediate control of the boat
  • Wear inflatable personal flotation devices

Protect Your Sport:

  • Persons who allow an underage operator to use a personal watercraft may be prosecuted in addition to, or in lieu of, the operator
  • Jumping the wake within 100 feet of another vessel, weaving through congested vessel traffic, and riding close to ramps, docks, or the shore is considered reckless operation
  • Respect others
Also visit: Tennessee Boating Regulations and Safety Concerns | TWRA Boating & Fishing Access Sites Map