Published By: perry serwitz
Every year we hear the tragic stories about accidents on the water. Yet many times, these accidents are completely avoidable. Each year there are thousands of accidents and hundreds of deaths across the country on our lakes. The #1 cause … Stupidity.
Boating is all about a good time – nothing brings friends and families together like time on the water. But that good time also comes with a higher level of responsibility. Too often, accidents happen when a person(s) avoid common sense and takes un-needed risks – And yes are stupid. We all know it – for the thousands of responsible boaters – there are always a few stupid people that turn a good time into tragedy.
The list of Stupidity can go on and on and we certainly are not trying to be insensitive to any tragedy - unfortunately we know that many accidents can be avoided.
This summer- please be aware, knowledgeable, and don’t be stupid. Avoid thinking nothing will ever happen. Wear a proper life jacket and please refresh your skills and knowledge by taking a boating safety course – no matter how much experience you already have.
There are several safe boating courses available – Here are a few resources
Georgia Department Of Natural Resources http://d7.gadnr.org/le/boating-education
US Coast Guard Auxiliary http://www.cgaux.org/boatinged/class_finder/index.php
Atlanta Sail & Power Squadron http://atlantasboatingclub.com/public-classes/basics-of-boating-boatsmart