Partnering to improve boating safety—Part 2.
Excerpt from U.S. Coast Guard Proceedings of the Marine Safety & Security Council magazine
Recent Successful Applications
Navigation Lighting on Barges. National Water Safety Congress. The towboat/tugboat/barge industry expressed an interest in determining a manner to light their barges while under tow.
Boating and Water Safety Summit. National Safe Boating Council/National Water Safety Congress. A multi-year initiative to conduct conferences to impact the safer use of water resources through improved public education and more efficient means of transferring information among waterways managers, user groups, and individuals.
Development of Risk-Based Assessments. Underwriters Laboratories. Developing a risk-based compliance approval methodology for life jackets.
National Estimates of Personal Flotation Device Wear Rates. JSI Research. A multi-year effort to measure the effectiveness of initiatives to increase life jacket wear.
Staged Collisions. National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). Staged boating collisions for boating safety accident investigation training.
BUI Detection and Enforcement Training Seminars. NASBLA. Primary objectives: Review and distribute an updated BUI curriculum package for marine officers and produce regional BUI officer training seminars.
Cold Water Boot Camp USA. National Water Safety Congress. Goal: Reduce fatalities by targeting immersion in cold water as a specific issue.
“Paddle Safe, Paddle Smart.” American Canoe Association. Moving “Paddle Safe, Paddle Smart” lessons from an extra-curricular option into the regular classroom.
Inflatable Life Jacket Testing for Children 16 Years and Under. Foundation for Recreational Boating Safety and Educational Awareness. Goal: Determine if and under what circumstances children and adult non-swimmers using automatic inflatable life jackets reduce their risk of drowning.
Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Point of Purchase Show Board. United Safe Boating Institute. Show board depicting PFDs for sailing, paddling, skiing, operating personal watercraft, fishing, hunting, and general recreational boating distributed to retail outlets, parks, ranger stations, safe boating booths, and boating safety facilities.
PSA on Dangers of Carbon Monoxide on Boats. Carbon Monoxide Action Group. A nationally televised Public Service Announcement exposing the dangers of carbon monoxide on boats.
“WEAR IT!” National Safe Boating Council. This ongoing campaign encourages life jacket wear.
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