According to the United States Coast Guard Accident Report Database over 8044 boating accidents occurred in the United States in 1997. Four thousand, five hundred and fifty-five injuries occurred in these accidents resulting in 819 deaths. Six out of every ten of these fatalities were caused from the boat capsizing or from people falling overboard. Fifty-three percent of fatal boating accident victims died from drowning. Approximately 9 out of 10 of those drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket.
In 72% of boating accidents the operator of the boat had received no boating instruction. Could boating education help prevent accidents? Follow the links below so you will be better prepared when faced with a boating mishap. Then take the quiz to determine how much you have learned.