Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Case for Mandatory Recreational Boating Education

Excerpt from U.S. Coast Guard Proceedings of the Marine Safety & Security Council magazine by Mr. Fred W. Poppe, Vice President, of National Boating Federation.

A recent Coast Guard study indicates that fewer boating fatalities occur in states that have implemented requirements for boat operators to be educated in a more rapid timeframe.

Thus, the course for future reduction in accidents, injuries, and fatalities is clear:
  • Every state should enact mandatory boating education for all recreational vessel operators.
  • The National Boating Federation, its member organizations, and their delegates continue to be involved in efforts to pass mandatory boating education laws in their states. In addition, members participate in and contribute to 42 national, regional, and international maritime organizations through the federation’s executive committee members and member delegates.
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