Boating Safety

Sands Harbor Resort and Marina wants to ensure that all boaters travel safely and wisely. In addition to the safety tips highlighted below, please check out our links page, which provides several excellent resources for boating safety.

First and foremost, make sure you have life jackets (also known as Personal Flotation Devices or PFDs) for every person on board your vessel. These need to be checked periodically to ensure they are in good condition. A good rule is before you embark on your trip have each person get a PFD, try it on and either wear it, or at least store it in a handy location. That way if you need a PFD, a pre-fitted one is easily accessible.

If you should find yourself in the water, here are two good tools that we would like to see become standard equipment. One is an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon or EPIRB, available in standard sizes and personal or individual sizes that can be attached directly on your PFD. The beacon pinpoints your location, leading to quicker rescues. Another option is a high-intensity electronic visual distress signal that operates like flares, but is battery-powered and can be used multiple times.

Always check the weather report for wind, surf and hazardous weather conditions before planning your journey. Click here for a look at our current offshore weather conditions.

File a float plan with a friend, detailing the length of your trip, your travel route and destinations, and when you plan to return.

Keep a cellular phone and a VHR radio on hand to call for help if you're in trouble, or to contact the person with your float plan if you're plans have changed.

Last, but not least, respect your fellow boaters and your environment!




Click here for our
Hurricane Guide for Boaters

Our dockmaster, Cliff Johnston, and Patty Carr of the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo
display the "Don't Splash Your Trash" signs, an on-going effort of the Sea Grant Foundation.

Sands Harbor Resort and Marina  


125 North Riverside Drive
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
954-942-9100 x6000