Boating safety is an issue everyone should take seriously. Based on 2011 statistics, there are several states where it should be taken even more seriously. While this list likely isn’t going to take anyone by surprise as it consists entirely of coastal states, the sheer number of accidents is certainly something that needs to be looked at closely. According the the United States Coast Guard’s statistics, in 2011 there were more than 4,588 accidents and 758 boating related deaths.
While experienced boaters understand and respect the dangers of the high seas, those numbers should still be enough to startle anyone. That being said, there are a number of excellent resources to help make sure you and your loved ones have all the necessary knowledge to keep it safe on the water. You can do a Google search on your own, but here are some popular ones to get started with:
Jen Atkins is a freelance designer and occasional contributor to the Manitou blog.