Originally Posted by jackdale
PERCENT OF DEATHS BY KNOWN OPERATOR INSTRUCTION,
USCG Auxiliary, US Power,Squadrons, American Red Cross 3%
Informal, Internet, Other 11%
No Instruction 78%
Not sure where USSailing and ASA fits, but clearly not in the last one.
To frame that data in context, it can be argued that the type of people who sign up for USCG Aux or other courses are already inherently more conservative and more likely to be safety-minded in their actions, and therefore inherently safer in the operation of a vessel to begin with. It's difficult, if not impossible to determine to what degree the courses actually aided in the prevention of maritime accidents.
Not that I disagree with you jackdale, just introducing something to be considered when interpreting statistical data like that. People who read parenting books are likely to be better parents. Is that a result of the the books, or is it because someone who cares enough to read the book is the kind of person likely to be more invested in raising their child?
(I have no opinion on licensing)