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USCG 2011 Boating Statistics

Accidents and injuries decreased. Fatalities increased.

http://www.uscgboating.org/assets/1/...ations/557.PDF
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Re: USCG 2011 Boating Statistics

This is interesting, an argument in favour in boating instruction.

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Only eleven percent of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had received
boating safety instruction. Only seven percent of deaths occurred on vessels where
the operator had received boating safety instruction from a NASBLA-approved
course provider.
Just slightly over 1% of accidents involved sailboats. Almost 50% were open motorboats.

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Re: USCG 2011 Boating Statistics

Small open power boats, going too fast, not paying attention, running into other boats and fixed objects, drinking too much and not wearing life jackets - sorry, persoanal flotation devices.
Now how does that argue for instruction and licensing?
To get an automobile operators license today you pretty much have to go to school, take a test and pay for a license, yet look at all the auto wrecks caused by going too fast, not paying attention, running into other cars and fixed objects drinking too much and not wearing seat belts.
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Re: USCG 2011 Boating Statistics

This pretty much mirrors previous years. If you are sober, trained, experienced and keep a proper lookout in a reasonable size sailboat you are incredibly safe. If you are drunk, untrained, inexperienced and don’t look where you are going in a small open powerboat…… I hope I’m not in the way.
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Re: USCG 2011 Boating Statistics

CC did you read the quote or just have a knee-jerk reaction to my intro?

Or is crappy driver licensing an argument of of some sort?
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Re: USCG 2011 Boating Statistics

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Small open power boats, going too fast, not paying attention, running into other boats and fixed objects, drinking too much and not wearing life jackets - sorry, persoanal flotation devices....
Correct the first time. USCG ditched the term "personal flotation device (PFD)" in all of our instructor material. They returned to "life jacket," a term more people understand.
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Re: USCG 2011 Boating Statistics

An analysis would be more helpful than a lot of the raw data presented. You have to be very careful how you interpret statistics given with little background data.
For instance, the Executive Summary states "Sixty (60) percent of the children who died in 2011 died from drowning. Seventy-eight (78) per-cent of those who drowned were wearing a life jacket as required by state and federal law. "
You could take this to mean that a child is 3 times more likely to drown if wearing a life jacket.
Falls overboard had by far the highest rate of lethality (57%). Of course, this is reported falls overboard. The vast majority of falls overboard don't get reported because there is no serious consequence. Collisions with another vessel have the lowest lethality (4%). However, even in the absence of serious consequence collisions are likely to be reported (think insurance settlement).
Likewise, "11% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had received boating safety instruction."
This is useless information unless we know the overall % of operators who had received instruction. It could be that the higher the rate of instruction, the higher the fatality rate.
Interesting reading, nonetheless.
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CC did you read the quote or just have a knee-jerk reaction to my intro?

Or is crappy driver licensing an argument of of some sort?
Licensing is simply taxation and would have no effect beyond lightening wallets.

Licensing is a knee-jerk reaction.
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Re: USCG 2011 Boating Statistics

PERCENT OF DEATHS BY KNOWN OPERATOR INSTRUCTION,

USCG Auxiliary, US Power,Squadrons, American Red Cross 3%
State 8%
Informal, Internet, Other 11%
No Instruction 78%

Not sure where USSailing and ASA fits, but clearly not in the last one.
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Licensing is simply taxation and would have no effect beyond lightening wallets.

Licensing is a knee-jerk reaction.
That is a mantra. Can you provide some substantive evidence to support your musings?
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