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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

What you can not see or smell can kill you, even in a boat

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Recently, at Lake of the Ozarks  a experienced boater passed away from Carbon Monoxide (CO20 Poison.  Plus three other on board became ill.     One would think that out in the open air, on with breeze on the water this would not be an issue.   According to the US CG 2019 statistics, there were 31 reported boating-related CO poisonings, including  5 deaths  (U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics). Carbon monoxide (CO) can harm and even kill you inside or outside your boat! Did you also know: CO symptoms are similar to seasickness or alcohol intoxication. CO can affect you whether you're underway, moored, or anchored. You cannot see, smell, or taste CO. CO can make you sick in seconds. In high enough concentrations, even a few breaths can be fatal. Most important of all, did you know carbon monoxide poisonings are  preventable . Every boater should be aware of the risks associated with carbon monoxide - what it is; where it may accumulate; and the symptoms of CO poisoning.

What Does A Drowning Look Like?

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  Illinois man drowns while swimming Lake Sun Another drowning has occurred on Lake of the Ozarks, claiming the life of a Waterloo, Ill. resident. According to the Missouri State Water Patrol report, Sean Jouglard, 21 was swimming near the 20-mile mark of the main channel around 6:10 p.m. on Aug. 8. The report states he exited the 2008 Monterey Open Bow Boat to go swimming and did not resurface. He was not wearing a life jacket. In the U.S. drowning takes an average of 3,500-4,000 lives per year. That is an average of 10 fatal drownings per day. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury related death for children ages 1-4. Drowning remains in the top 5 causes of unintentional injury related death from birth to 54 years old. In addition to fatal drownings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that in 2016 an additional 9,000+ victims were seen at U.S. Emergency Departments for a non-fatal submersion injury. 23% of child drownings happen during a fam

How the Pandemic Affected Boating

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A Dive Into the 2020 U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Statistics Reveal How the Pandemic Affected Boating in Ways Just Beginning to be Understood. ANNAPOLIS, Md., July 16, 2021 – The  U.S. Coast Guard recently released the 2020 Recreational Boating Statistics , and reports of accidents, fatalities and injuries were significantly up over the prior year. While still under review, the Coast Guard believes that the primary driving factor for the significant increase in deaths was the significant increase in boating activity. The nonprofit  BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water  looks at some select data points in the report and offers some lessons for the future, long after America has put the pandemic in the rearview mirror. A change in the top five reasons for accidents:  In 2020, the top five reported contributing factors in accidents were 1. operator inattention, 2. operator inexperience, 3. improper lookout, 4. excessive speed and 5. machinery failure. “Machinery failure

Are You A Newbie to Boating?

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If you just bought a new boat or you’re thinking about buying one for the first time, or if you're renting a boat for the day or tagging along on a friend's boat, we have some good news for you: on top of being flat-out fun,  research has proven that boating is good for your health and mind . But like any new experience, someone who’s not an experienced boater may have a bit of anxiety over casting off the lines for the first time. Never fear, dear new-to-boating boater—we’re here to help. Here's some tips that will help ensure your first-time out on a boat is a fun, safe, and rewarding experience. 1. Keep It Safe You knew that was coming, didn’t you? Boating is actually an incredibly low-risk activity, but like anything, the fun stops abruptly if someone gets hurt. Pay attention as you take your  boating safety course , and spend some time perusing our  Boating Safety Guide  before you shove off the dock. Take A boating Education Class .  Learn the Navigations Rules.  Be c

Tragedy on the Lake

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 On June 5 A young life was lost, at lake of the Ozarks.  No words can or will express the sorrow felt by all.  A family suffers a lost, due to a boating accident.    According to the Missouri Highway Patrol Water Division Troop F,  The father thought the boat was in neutral, unaware that the boat was slowly backing. The mother jump in the water clearing  the out board, and the child followed.   A young 8 year old boy died on June 5 2021, when the child exited the rear of the water craft and was struck by the propeller.  I am sure in their grief  the parents are asking, these very question themselves, second guessing themselves, asking what if.    As in many tragedies, it is news worthy for a period, people will demand action, or at the very least express concern.  Then people will move on and this will be forgotten.  But it should not. Why is it, when tragedy occurs, we say how could this happen, what can be done to prevent incidences like this. Nation wide on a average 171 accidents

Health and Safety Check Up For Your Boat

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  Before the holiday  take the time and have a Vessel Exam (VE) or also known as   A  Vessel  Safety Check.   A VE is a courtesy  examination  of your  boat  ( Vessel ) to verify the presence and condition of certain Safety Equipment required by State and the Federal regulations.  Do you have the right safety equipment for your boat size?  Do you know what is needed? he U.S. Coast Guard has compiled a list of required  boating safety  equipment, which they have determined to be the minimum equipment and operating standards as deemed necessary under federal laws. This list is the  minimum  federal USCG required list and some states may have added additional items/safety equipment, so be sure to check your states boating laws and requirements. Life Jackets and personal floatation devices  – The USCG requires one approved – Type I, II, III, or V,  life jacket or life vest  per person on board. If the vessel is 16 feet or more in length, one throwable floatation device – Type IV – like a