Would You Prevent Boating Accidents if You Could?
It’s that time of year when you have pulled the boat out of the garage or pulled the cover off after a long winters nap, and you are cleaning the boat and waxing up the hull for another fun boating season. I’m sure you have all done your thorough spring inspection as well…hint, hint!
Together we can improve the Accident Statistics this year by simply being a better OBSERVER.
75% of all Boating Accidents are caused by
Human Error due to operator inattention, poor decisions, or poor operating skills.
How can we improve this: Get your Boating license and listen to your provider. They are experts in Boating Safety and Boating Skills. Also, as we teach our classes at Connecticut Boating Certificates, “Any time you are going to turn to Port, turn to Starboard, throttle up, and throttle down, do a 360 degree check” This should be branded into your navigation skill set.
15% of all Boating Accidents are caused by the Environment which most likely could have been prevented if the operator had not overlooked the warning signals.
How can we improve this: I know what my students are saying loudly “Check your Charts!” Know the area well. Always check the weather before you go out. Do not just zip by those Informational White and Orange Buoys. Read, Understand, and Heed the information/instructions conveyed to you as an operator.
10% of all Boating Accidents are caused by Equipment Failure. Almost all of these accidents could have been prevented if proper maintenance and defect detection had taken place.
How can we improve this: DO YOUR PRE-TRIP INSPECTION 100% OF THE TIME. There is no excuse for this. We are only talking about 10 minutes max. You should have 3 tiers of Inspections. 1. Every Time Pre-Trip. 2. Monthly more thorough Go through. 3. Fine Tooth Comb Mid-season, Winterize, and Spring Launch. Most of us use the boat on the weekends, take some time during the week to do inspections.
We want all of you to be safe. Let’s have a Safer 2016 on the water!