Giulietta, that is precisely right. EDUCATION is important in anything we do. A little piece of paper that gives one a phd, license or certificate are worthless.
It's not who you know, or how well you know them, it's how well one can demonstrate one's skills.
The doubtful part here is that ANY GOVERNMENT that gets involved with such things usually fouls it up beyond all repair.
Licensing doesn't give a person common sense or experience... and lots of people have licenses that have no business driving....don't see that changing with boaters just cause they license boats.
This was my point. Doesn't matter how smart someone is, or educated, or how many pieces of paper.
If they don't temper their skills and abilities or actions with good common sense, then they title "Failure" will blink above their heads for all to see.
Careful with statistics people.
95% of all statistics can be made to say whatever you want. 50% of the time.
On its face, a statistic is nothing. I wonder WHY more people die in cars than in boats?
Trust me I am very careful with them... remember Mark Twain said, "There's lies, there's damned lies and then there's statistics...."
I agree with him completely (but on occasion to prove a point you have to cite SOMETHING...