When you see a buoy out on the water, do you know what the symbol means? Just like road signs, these navigation aids give boaters the information they need to safely navigate the waterways. Buoys signal boaters to slow down in no wake zones, notify them of restricted areas and even alert them to hazards in the water. Collisions are the number one type of accident on the water, but they can easily be avoided with the proper understanding of navigation rules and buoy symbols. Knowing these markers will help ensure that you, your family and your friends have a fun – and safe – day on the water.