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post #5 of Old 08-27-2012
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Re: Kid overboad plan

We realized there was a difference between planning and execution of the plan. Our plan was carefully thought out about who would drive the boat, who would go in the water, etc. Then my wife brought a dose of reality to the mix - she's going into the water after the kid, even if the plan says I should jump in. So version 2 of the plan:

- She goes into the water with a pfd and a horseshoe ring.

- I drive the boat and execute (preferred method) a quickstop to keep the boat as close to her and the kid as possible.

- Depending on the situation, I maneuver the boat to them/they swim to the boat. Lots of variation here.

We actually practiced this with each of the kids so they would get over the fear aspect. A couple times each year, we ran thru MOB drills starting with a life jacket and progressing through each of us going over the side. It made MOB drills fun which made it more likely that we would do them more often - always a good thing!
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