SAFETY TRAINING FIRST, FUN HAVING SECOND
Recreational boating is booming, especially human-powered boating (paddleboard, kayak and canoe). And so are the accident and injury rates.
77% OF DEATHS OCCURRED ON BOATS WHERE THE OPERATOR DID NOT RECEIVE BOATING SAFETY INSTRUCTION.*
Education is always a good idea. You can teach an old dog new tricks, and we’re never too old to improve on our boating skills.
We often get comfortable with how things are and don’t challenge ourselves to be better. You probably drive your car every day, encountering different situations that ultimately make you a better driver. You don’t skipper your boat every day. (If you do, we want your life.) It’s good for all of us to stay on top of our skippering skills.
“If a boater has taken a boating safety education course, the likelihood of their time spent on the water being a safe and enjoyable experience is much greater, for them and their passengers …”
– Tom Guess, president of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators
Most states require basic boating knowledge education, from organizations like United States Power Squadrons or others, to teach boaters about boating navigation rules, regulations, equipment and safe practices. They recognize the importance of boating education because it has proven effective at reducing accident and damage rates.
We also want to remind everyone about boating courses that go beyond the basics, like hands-on training, advanced-level navigation, engine maintenance, how to better understand the water and many others than can greatly improve your cap’n capabilities.
We all need to recognize the importance of education and encourage our fellow boaters to take courses in and out of the water. Because at the end of the day, the overriding, most important, bottom line of Boat Live 365 is “Boating is Serious Fun,” and we need to spread the word.
Boating is serious fun. We’ve provided a variety of advocate tools and outreach methods, choose what works best for you and your community.
- Visit spread the word for easy outreach through personal social media outlets and boating forums.
- Provide year-round education on all boating safety topics – download pamphlets, flyers, banners, and posters. Great event materials. Search by topic in the resource section.
- Download our marketing playbook, an advocates dream resource for creating change. Find it under the Boat Live 365 topic in our resource section.
- Don’t know where to start? Contact us. We’re happy to help.
*U.S. Coast Guard’s Recreational Boating Statistics Report
Visit our resource library for downloads, event materials, tips and ideas on how to create a safe boating culture 365 days a year.
Determine what safety equipment you are required to carry by law based on the size and type of vessel you are operating. Download the official USCG Boating Safety App and be a better, safer boater.
Check out the resources of the annual Spring Aboard campaign which informs and motivates boaters to prepare for the boating season. The campaign runs through late March but it’s never too late to take a boating course.
Safety training is for the entire family. America’s Boating Club has a wide variety of learning opportunities in-person and online. Now is the time to get your safety training done because boating is serious fun!
To truly spread the Boat Live 365 message, please make a concerted effort to discuss and promote all of the “Serious Fun Topics” together, all year long.