Boating safety encompasses a broad range of disciplines, ranging from maintenance to seamanship. That said, there are four cornerstones that create a solid boating safety foundation. These are:
1.Take a Boating Safety Course
2. Know The Rules of the Road
3. Don’t Drink and Boat
4. Wear A Lifejacket
These cornerstones, or pillars, of boating safety, have been identified by the pros in the boating safety business. Namely, I am referring to the US Coast Guard, The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, the National Safe Boating Council, The National Association of Boating Law Administrators and the United States Power Squadrons.
National Safe Boating Week 2015 kicks- off today with Ready, Set Wear It! This is an event that strives to break a world record for the number of people wearing lifejackets. In so doing, awareness for a key boating safety pillar will be raised. You can be part of it. Today…and everyday.
Takeaway: The United States Power Squadrons were founded in 1913 by Roger Upton, Rear Commodore of the Boston Yacht Club.