As temperatures heat up people are taking the covers off their boats, putting them on trailers and heading out to their favorite waterway.
Eric Adkins spent his Sunday afternoon on the Kanawha River. He said he has been boating for about 20 years. He said knowledge, practice and common sense are the keys to staying safe on the water.
"You don't drive a boat every day," Adkins said.
To make certain people know what to do when they are out on the water West Virginia requires anyone born after December 31, 1986 to pass a boater safety course before they can operate a boat.
Boater Brian Sayre said a safety course is a good idea for any boater.
"It is especially important for these folks that are operating these boats for the first time. I mean my boat goes 70 miles per hour. It is not a toy."
Whenever they head out on river, especially on crowded days, Adkins and Sayre said they don't just pay attention to what they are doing on their boat. They also have to look out for the other people.
"I mean anytime you are out on the water I refer to it like driving a motorcycle you know you have to practice defensive driving and make sure that you are in control of yourself so that you can avoid any accidents or injuries," Sayre said.
To learn more about boating safety in West Virginia follow the link provided.