Lake & Waterway Safety

The rewards of studying or doing research on Lake Champlain or other waterways are multifaceted, as are the risks.  Of primary concern are:

  • boating safety requirements for small motor-driven vessels
  • canoe and kayak safety
  • personal floatation device usage
  • prevention of slips/falls and heat exhaustion or hypothermia
  • exposure to pathogens in water


Use the links in the left-side menu to learn more about each of these topics.  Also, understand that for anyone operating a small watercraft, like a motor boat, UVM requires that they complete the Vermont State Police approved on-line training (see link on the left-side menu) and carry their required certification card while operating small, motorized boats at all times.  Although techincally, this requirement pertains to people born on or after January 1, 1974, UVM asks that all operators follow this requirement for reasons of safety and liability.


For more information regarding safely using the University's small boats, please read the UVM Small Boat Safety Manual.