Boat or float

Sun, clouds and boating at Matanzas Inlet, St. Augustine, Florida

It’s safe boating week and time to think more clearly about our activities in and around the water. Whether you boat or float it’s good to recognize safe procedures. If you are not safe in the boat then it’s likely you’ll float in the water; and hopefully not be subdued by the elements. If you float and are not careful then you may encounter a boat.

In 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard reported 658 deaths in the U.S. from boating incidents, with 75 percent of those deaths caused by drowning. Of those deaths, 85 percent are reported as not wearing their life jackets.

In the U.S. there is currently a national boat safety emphasis going on now. National Safe Boating Week kicked off with “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day,” May 17. Although I don’t work in a workplace any longer I don’t recall seeing anyone wearing a flotation device around. Did you? #safeboating

The safe boating campaign goes on throughout the boating season, whenever that is in your own area around the world.

I’m curious! How are these safety procedures presented and followed in other places of the world?

The Safe Boating Campaign reminds boaters to follow these safety tips:

  • Take a boating safety course.
  • Wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket.
  • Watch the weather.
  • No distracted boating.
  • Travel at safe speeds.
  • Never boat under the influence.
  • Have more than one communication device that works when wet.

Safe travels, boating and floating!

Blessings along the Way!


14 thoughts on “Boat or float

  1. Ron, I don’t spend much time around the water these days. However, when I did, everyone was required to wear a life jacket (no if, ands, or buts). With 85% of drownings of people who were not wearing a life jacket . . . sure seems like a no-brainer to me.

  2. I don’t own a boat and don’t know anyone else that does. But here along the coastal areas in Australia, it’s not uncommon to have areas for boat owners to dock their boats. We don’t usually hear much in the news about boat incidents in Australia, so I think we are a careful bunch. On the subject of life jackets, I’ve never seen anyone wearing it around the office.

    1. Thank you for the information Mabel. I’m glad you don’t have many incidents in Australia. It seems like more people are conscientious. I imagine it would be a strange site seeing someone wearing a life jacket around. Actually, I carry one in my vehicle just in case my vehicle gets pushed into water in a crash or I see someone in water needing help. 😊

      1. It is wise of you to carry a life jacket around in your vehicle. Good on you, Ron. You really never know when you might need it, or maybe someone passing by might need one for a water trip or adventure – and they’d be pleasantly surprised 😊

      2. Thanks Mabel. I’ve seen instances where someone drowned when the vehicle went in the water. They may have survived if someone would have thrown a flotation device out.

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