Enrolling your loved one in a boating safety course is one of the best gifts to give, because, as the saying goes…knowledge is power.Prices range from free and up.
A knowledgeable mariner will teach your favorite boater basic boat handling principles, required and recommended safety equipment, navigational rules and how to deal with boating emergencies. Statistics show that boaters who have taken a boating safety course are far less likely to be involved in a boating accident or fatality.
Boating safety courses are offered nationwide by qualified state and volunteer organizations, such as the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadrons. There are also private and commercial providers who offer training for all levels of boating proficiency.
You can go online to find courses from the Coast Guard Auxiliary here, or the U.S. Power Squadrons here. Also, don’t forget to check with your state’s boating agency to see what courses are offered in you area.
Oh, the photo at the top? The Coast Guard rescue swimmer involved in the rescue of the boater was awarded the Coast Guard Medal for her efforts.
The photo below?
Alcohol and water don't mix. At least not for boat operators (follow-up here):