Each year more than 80% of those who die in boating accidents drown because they were not wearing life jackets. That means, that each year hundreds of lives could have been saved by simply wearing PFD's (personal floatation devices).
Life jackets really do save lives, but they won't work if you don't wear them. Children are so fast, that even when being closely supervised, they can be overboard in a moment. Make sure they are wearing a properly fitted life jacket at all times while boating. This simple act of love can make for a fun day on the water.
Boating safety also mean operating your boat at a safe speed, at a safe distance from the shore and other boats, and in a responsible manner. Keep a good lookout for other boaters and know the rules of the road!
There are many boating safety courses available around the country. The United States Power Squadron, organized in 1914, is the worlds largest non profit boating organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable. The USPS teaches classes in seamanship, navigation, weather and other related subjects. Check out www.usps.com for classes near you.
Many lakefront homeowners believe that considering 3/4's of the earth's surface is covered with water, it means that we should be boating 75% of the time and working 25% of the time!