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.
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.