In the U.S., approximately 90 million adults participate in recreational boating. There are over 16 million recreational boats registered in the States, and new boats are being added to the fleet at a rate of 30 thousand new units a year.
While boating is a relatively safe activity, in 2017 (the most current data) the Coast Guard counted 4,291 accidents that involved 658 deaths, 2,629 injuries, and required approximately $46 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.
Being educated reduces risks.
In recognition of these underlying risks, Boatopsandsafety.com has developed a series of group presentations that address key safety concerns aligned with a variety of situations that may be encountered while underway. Each will be presented by Captain Steve, and take approximately one hour to complete including an open Q&A period that follows.
2019 Recreational Boating Statistics
4,291 accidents - 2,629 injuries including 658 deaths - In 76% of fatalities the victims drowned - 86.4% of drownings victims were not wearing a PFD - Damage to property was over $46 million dollars - Learn the details - Get smarter.
Every vessel shall maintain a proper lookout by sight and hearing to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision. Lookout, Helm, Night, Towing, and Anchor watches. Scanning and Relative Bearings. How to succeed.
The new boating season is here. Shrink wrap is coming off, vessels are being prepared for launch. It’s that time of year to make sure your vessel is equipped to be as safe as it can be by checking items often not included in a yard’s commissioning activities. Being fully prepared saves lives.
Restricted visibility includes fog, heavy rains, and boating at night. If caught in these conditions one should be aware of the navigation rules that apply. Your passengers’, your and other’s boats safety depends on you. What will you do?
Change the way we look at risk as it applies to enjoying our boats - Increase passengers’ and crews’ effectiveness - improve safety while underway - Reduce the chances of injuries and accidents caused by human error.
Second in Command
Are you ready to quickly react when the unexpected occurs? What will you do if the Skipper is injured? A sudden emergency is not the time to learn! Define a set of tasks you need to know, and train. Practice makes perfect.
Before Getting Underway
Spring is here, an increasing number of boats are in the water. This is the right time to refresh our memories regarding pre-underway risk management tasks. These start with creating a float plan and go through helping to ensure all passengers enjoy a safe day underway.
Using the Ship‘s Radio
When an emergency occurs the ship’s radio becomes your savior. How do you make distress call? What is the best way to speak? What information should be included? The phonetic alphabet? Mayday, Pan-Pan, Securite’?