Boating Tips for Rentals and New Boaters


Renting a boat or buying a new boat comes with the responsibility of becoming an educated consumer. From the laws and responsibilities of boating, to being a clean water steward and protecting our freshwater resources, please read this compilation of important information that will make boating safe for everyone on the water! Educated boaters who follow the rules of the water keep regulations from state agencies at bay, and the privilege of boating access available.

Boating Laws

All boaters need to know Michigan Laws and Responsibilities. The best way to learn is to attend a Boaters Safety Course online or in-person (if available). Boaters born after June 30, 1996 and most personal watercraft operators who operate a vessel in Michigan must have a boater education card (boating safety certificate).





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Be a Clean Water Steward

with tips from the MI Clean Marina Program

Click on the image to the left to see the full brochure on being a good boating steward for Michigan’s water resources and environment. From boating at a Certified Clean Marina, reducing waste and recycling, to petroleum control and avoiding fuel spills and oil leaks– everyone on the water needs to not only know these important practices, but also know WHY they are advised – to keep our waterways clean and to keep the privilege of water access available in Michigan. Read More.



Boating How To’s

and other Resources from Discover Boating

Check out the Discover Boating YouTube Channel for video How-To’s, like launching your boat, Knot tying, and many more resources. Click on the image to the left for Boat Ownership Basics like insuring your boat, safety practices and more. Visit to learn more!