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Do Boating Safety Courses Help Prevent Boat Accidents?

Recently, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries offered free boating safety courses. Per KATC-TV, the courses were part of a national campaign called Spring Aboard-Take a Boating Education Course. In Louisiana, boating safety courses are required for anyone who was born after January 1, 1984 who operates a vessel over 10 horsepower. According to US Coast Guard statistics, in the case of fatal boat crashes where the boater education level of the operators involved was known, 80 percent involved someone operating a boat who had not taken a boating safety course. Boating Safety Tips The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) Discover Boating website features boating safety tips: Avoid drinking alcohol before or while you are operating a boat Learn how to swim before you operate or even ride in a boat Make sure that you and everyone on the boat uses a proper fitting lifejacket Check the weather before…
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