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Swimming Safety Tips
BulletLearn how to swim.
BulletSwim in designated swim areas.
BulletNever swim alone in unsupervised areas.
BulletWatch children closely at all times.
BulletDon't dive or jump into unfamiliar water. Shallow water or submerged trees or rocks could
    cause injury or even paralysis.
BulletDon't stay in the water too long, especially when the water is cold.
Water-Skiing Safety Tips
BulletWater-skiing is permitted from one hour after sunrise to one hour before sunset.
BulletAll vessels towing skiers must have either a mirror with a 78 sq. inch viewing area or a
    competent observer at least 12 years old.
BulletIn order to tow a skier, a personal water craft must have two mirrors with a viewing area of 10
    square inches each, not mounted on the steering mechanism.
Boating Safety Tips
BulletWear a life jacket.
BulletCheck your boat for all required safety equipment.
BulletTake a safe boating course.
BulletCheck the weather forecast.
BulletFile a float plan with a friend.
BulletCheck your electrical and fuel system for gas fumes.
BulletFollow manufacturer's suggested procedures before starting up.
BulletCarry a navigation chart.
BulletFollow the navigation rules of the road.
BulletThe minimum age to operate a vessel or personal watercraft in Georgia without adult
    supervision is 16 years old.
BulletPersons operating a vessel or personal watercraft must carry an operator's license.
BulletEach person is required to have a Personal Floating Device (PFD).
BulletAll children under eight (8) years old must wear a PFD.
BulletPFDs must be worn when within 800 feet below a hydroelectric dam and/or navigational lock
    and dam.
BulletAny person riding a personal watercraft must wear a PFD.
BulletSome vessels must have a U.S. Coast Guard approved, BC type fire extinguisher.
    Check regulations.
BulletVessels must be equipped with navigation lights when operated between the hours of sunset
    and sunrise and during periods of limited visibility.
Rules of the Road
BulletOvertaking/Passing: A vessel overtaking another vessel may pass on either side, but the
    vessel being overtaken (passed) has the right-of-way.
BulletMeeting Head On: When meeting another vessel head on, each vessel should keep to the
    right.
BulletCrossing: Boat on right has the right-of-way. Slow down and permit it to pass.
BulletAll motorized vessels, sailboats and rental boats must be currently registered.
BulletAll vessels must stay 100 feet away from a "Divers Down" flag.
BulletWhen operating in a narrow channel, all vessels will keep to the right of mid-channel.
BulletObey all restrictive signs and buoys.
BulletOperate at an idle speed around gas docks and loading docks.
BulletOperators are responsible for any damage caused by their wake.
BulletAll accidents involving death, serious injury, or a disappearance from a PWC or boat must be
    reported to the proper authorities within 48 hours.

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River Safety
The Chattahoochee River just below Buford Dam is one of the most popular trout fishing spots in the State. However, the Corps of Engineers cautions visitors to use extreme care when fishing below the Dam. The Chattahoochee can change quickly from a serene slow moving stream to a swift and treacherous river when water is released at Buford Dam. During water release the river can rise up to 11 feet within a matter of minutes. Several safety precautions are in effect for the 3 miles of river between Buford Dam and the GA Highway 20 bridge.

Visitors should:
BulletWear a life jacket. This is mandatory for all persons wading, boating or tubes floating on this
    section of the river.
BulletExit the river immediately when the warning horns sound which indicate water is being
    released at the dam. (South of the Ga. Highway 20 bridge, river users cannot hear the
    warning horns).
BulletListen to radio station 1610 AM for river safety messages and water release schedules.
BulletPay attention to warning signs posted along the riverbanks.
BulletPlan trips in advance by calling 770-945-1466 for water release schedules.
BulletFishermen should also be aware of the effects of hypothermia. Water released at the dam
    average 44 to 58 degrees year-round. When exposed to these temperatures, exhaustion or
    unconsciousness can occur in 30 to 60 minutes. Wearing rubber waders is strongly
    recommended.
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