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Water Safety Is Every Day

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  Making the Lake of the Ozarks Safe For Our Visitors … That is what the Lake of the Ozarks Water Safety Council is all about. Through Promoting water and boating safety and education.   The Lake of the Ozarks Water Safety Council (WSC) is a group of businesses, organization, and private citizens that are dedicated to promoting water safety here at Lake of the Ozarks.   The Lake of the Ozarks Water Safety Council was formed in 2007.   WSC is a non for profit 501c3 public service organization that Promote boating and water safety at the Lake Of The Ozarks. Serve as a local (or regional) source for boating and water safety information for the general public. Encourage cooperation, networking, and communication between the member agencies of the council as well as other organizations. Promote wearing life jackets and designating sober captains while recreating on the Lake of the Ozarks. Our mission is simple: We want to keep our Lake safe. We want everyone

Hire A Charter Captain Or Not

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  It that time of year to enjoy the open water.  You may be vacationing at a lake, river, or open ocean where you or not that familiar or feel comfortable in operating a boat in.    So, what is the best option for you, your family and friends’ safety and pleasure?   There are a few options:   1. Hire the service of a USCG Captain to pilot your personal vessel 2. Hire a USCG Captain to pilot a boat that you rent. 3. Hire a USCG Captain that offers a comprehensive charter service (Boat, crew and associated service)   What is a USCG Captain?    A United States Coast Guard Credentialed Captain is a individual that has a Coast Guard issued Merchant Mariner’s Credential suitable for the vessel’s service. Credentialed mariners have met rigorous training and testing requirements along with background checks by Homeland Security, FBI. Competed a drug testing program and is tested on a periodically; as well as having their vessels and inspected and insured to meet high safety standar

Thinking About Purchasing A Boat? Pick The Right One

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Sales of new powerboats in the U.S. increased by about 12% in 2020 to more than 310,000 compared with 2019 as per the marine association.  Among the categories of boats consumers bought, freshwater fishing boats and pontoons boats were extremely popular, accounting for half of the powerboat sales. Boat sales skyrocketed during the pandemic.  The trend,continued  in 2021, shocked industry players who were certain they were in for rough times as the pandemic shut down the economy. Now, dealerships are struggling to maintain inventory and manufacturers are expanding production capacity to meet demand. Wait times for buyers have jumped from a few weeks to several months. What’s more, first-time buyers are entering the market in larger numbers, a sign that the growth has staying power. The global recreational boating market was valued at USD 29.0 Billion in 2019 and is projected to reach  USD 35.4 Billion by 2027 , registering a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.1% from 2020 to 2027.

Boater Education is it Necessary?

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  You bought a boat, wave runner and you are going to sail the open waters, party with your homies, show off your new toy, suns out guns out.    But driving a boat is just lake a car, right?  Do I really need to have boater education?? What difference does it make? What is boater education? Most states require that boaters complete an official and certified boater education course. The Boater Education Card (sometimes called a “boater's license”) is  proof that you have successfully completed your state's official & approved boating safety course . Why is boater education important ? Boating safety education is important because it  helps reduce personal injury and property damage associated with the use of recreational boats . ... Boaters can keep themselves and their crew safe by learning about responsible boat operation, etiquette, and the rules of the waterways. Where boating instruction was known,  77 percent  of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had not re

Winter Boating - Yes !! Boating Can Be Year Round

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  While most boats are laid up over winter, there’s still plenty of boating in winter to enjoy: in warmer climates for the purpose of fishing or simply cruising, on cold rivers where winter steelhead exist, in coastal waters for migrating species, and so forth. Whether you’re boating in winter from an open boat, a boat with a cabin, or simply a kayak, you have to respect the elements and be aware of the effects of exposure to cold air  and water, even on a warm and windless day. While you should always have all of the normal safety equipment when you go boating, here are ten tips specific to enjoying cold-water boating in winter. First and foremost  when boating in the winter, dress for the water temperature, and Most of all wear your Life Jacket. “I want to start boating in the colder months of the year. What kind of gear do I need?” Boating in the colder months? Because the question is much more complex, and it involves your safety – something we take a very personal interest in. Her

Boater Courtesy and respectful... Where Did It Go?

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  I’m sure you’ve been over this in a training course, boating rules and regulations keep people safe while on the water. However, there are a lot of things that are not covered in  such courses. I don’t mean how to respectfully pass someone, or how to dock safely. I mean the unwritten boating rules that dictate how to act at the dock, or how to behave behind the helm. Generally speaking, how to be courteous and respectful to everyone else on the water. Unfortunately, boating etiquette is not taught alongside coast guard programs or boater license exams. Yet new boaters are expected to behave correctly, without ever being told how to do so. A lot of these unwritten rules are passed down in boating communities, through family members, or, if you are unlucky, by witnessing a trespass first hand. It’s fairly safe to say that if you are new to the world of boating, it’s likely that no one has taken the time to teach proper etiquette, but they still expect you to know everything. That’s all