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United States Coast Guard Auxiliary America’s Volunteer Lifesavers. Flotilla 14-8 Jacksonville, Florida Website www.SafeBoatingJax.com Email Info@SafeBoatingJax.com. You Work Hard For Your R & R. You Play Hard When You Get It. Have Fun Boating. But Don’t Let An Accident, Or A Ticket

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United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

America’s Volunteer Lifesavers

Flotilla 14-8 Jacksonville, Florida

Website

www.SafeBoatingJax.com

Email

Info@SafeBoatingJax.com

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Have Fun Boating

But Don’t Let An Accident,Or A Ticket

Ruin Your Special Day!

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Boating Safety-

Doesn’t Happen by Accident

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We Want To Talk AboutBoating Safely

So Your Day Ends As Happily As It Began!

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most accidents are preventable
MOST ACCIDENTS ARE PREVENTABLE !

1% Weather

10% Equipment

89% Human Error

Accident Pyramid

Florida as of Oct. 2009

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florida 2008 stats
Florida 2008 Stats
  • 54 Fatalities
  • Leading Cause of Death
    • Drowning: 70%
    • Alcohol: 28%
  • Most likely time for accident
    • March, April & May
  • 57%, vessels less than 17 feet in length

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Florida 2008 Stats
  • Most fatal accident victims were males (70%)
  • 72% boat operators involved in boating accidents had no formal boating education
  • 929 vessels & 29 swimmers were involved in 386 injuries.

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a surprising fact about boating fatalities
A Surprising Fact About Boating Fatalities
  • One of the highest statistical groups in boating fatalities:
  • Considered “Mature”
  • “Many Years of Boating Experience”
  • A Swimmer
  • He’s Alone on A Small Boat
  • So What Kills Him?

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personal watercraft stats
Personal Watercraft Stats
  • Personal Watercraft (PWC) account for 13% of all registered vessels
  • PWCs were involved in 25% of accidentsPopular singer Sean Kingston hit a bridge in Miami while operating a Jet Ski
  • 59% of PWC accidents involved a collision with another vessel.

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Personal Watercraft Stats
  • 76% of PWC accidents due to careless or reckless operation

Suddenly trottling down eliminates the vessels ability to steer

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florida education requirements
FLORIDA EDUCATIONREQUIREMENTS

BOAT OPERATORS

  • BORN ON OR AFTER JAN. 1, 1988 MUST:
    • PASS BOATING SAFETY EXAMINATION
    • HAVE STATE EDUCATION COURSE CARD
    • HAVE PHOTO ID

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FLORIDA EDUCATIONREQUIREMENTS

Law Enforcement Officers Take Boating Education Seriously

You Can Take A Course Online,

Or In An Instructor TaughtOne Day Class

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boating stressors increase risk
BOATING STRESSORS INCREASE RISK

Glare and heat of the sun

Motion

Noise

Vibration

Many boaters underestimate effects

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avoid dehydration
AVOID DEHYDRATION
  • Avoid by drinking plenty of water
    • Good rule of thumb – one quart per hour

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alcohol and boating don t mix
ALCOHOL AND BOATING DON’T MIX

Effects of alcohol increased by stressors, dehydration

Alcohol depresses the central nervous system

Reaction time

Judgment

Don’t drink and boat

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ALCOHOL AND BOATING DON’T MIX

Standard for BWI: 0.08% BAC

Under age 21 BWI: 0.02% BAC

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common boating accidents
COMMON BOATING ACCIDENTS
  • Falling Overboard
    • Don’t sit on the gunwale
    • Don’t stand upin a small boat
    • Don’t move about when underway
    • Don’t lean out of the boat

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COMMON BOATING ACCIDENTS
  • Capsizing and Swamping
  • Don’t overload the boat
  • Controlled turns
  • Anchor from bow only
  • Stay with boat
  • Try to re-board

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pwc watercraft regulations
PWC WATERCRAFT REGULATIONS

PWC OPERATORS MUST BE

  • 14 YEAR OF AGE AND OLDER
  • MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE TO RENT A PWC
  • STATE BOATERS EDUCATION CARD
  • & PHOTO I. D.

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life jackets
LIFE JACKETS

You need to have one Life Jacket for each person on board.

The Life Jacket must be appropriate to the size of the person wearing it

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type iii protected waters
TYPE III: PROTECTED WATERS
  • 15.5 LBS BUOYANCY
  • WILL NOT TURN UNCONSCIOUS PERSON FACE UP
  • Required for PWC & WATER SKIERS
  • SPEED RATING

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type iii v inflatable pfd
TYPE III/V: INFLATABLE PFD
  • THE BEST LIFE JACKET IS ONE THAT YOU WILL WEAR!
  • Inflatables are light, cool and comfortable to wear
  • MANUAL OR AUTOMATIC(Automatic inflatables should not be used on small boats)
  • NOT FOR WATER SPORTSThey will only be counted if worn

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type iv throwable aid
TYPE IV: THROWABLE AID
  • BOATS 16 FT AND OVER
  • THROWABLENot Recommended to have a line attached

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fires onboard
Fires Onboard

Causes

  • Electrical
  • Fuel Lines Leakingor Spills While FuelingMake sure that you ventilate for 4 to 5 minutes after fueling
  • Gas Stoves

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fire extinguishers
FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
  • Coast Guard Approved Type “B” Required on Vessels

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FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

INSPECT MONTHLY

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navigation lights
NAVIGATION LIGHTS
  • Lights Are Not to Help You See at Night, but Rather to Help Others See You!
    • Sunset To Sunrise
    • Restricted Visibility

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lights power driven
LIGHTS – POWER DRIVEN
  • BASIC
    • Red & Green BOW
    • ALL AROUND WHITE
  • MODIFIED
    • SIDE LIGHTS
    • MAST HEAD
    • STERN

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lights sailboat
LIGHTS – SAILBOAT
  • POWER & SAIL SAIL ONLY

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pwc lights
PWC LIGHTS
  • NO LIGHTS ALLOWED
  • NO NIGHT OPERATION
    • FROM 30 MIN AFTER SUNSET
    • TO 30 MIN BEFORE SUNRISE

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small boat light
SMALL BOAT LIGHT

SHINE LIGHT ON

ROWBOAT

NOT AT ONCOMING BOAT

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small sail boat
SMALL SAIL BOAT

SHINE LIGHT ON SAILS

NOT AT ONCOMING BOAT

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visual distress signals
Visual Distress Signals
  • REQUIRED ON COASTAL WATERS
  • RECOMMENDED EVERY WHERE

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Visual Distress Signals
  • REQUIRED ON COASTAL WATERS
  • Night - All Vessels
  • Day Light – All Vessels Except:
    • Pleasure boats less than 16’ in length.
    • Open non-motorized sailboats < 26’.
    • Manually propelled boats.

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Visual Distress Signals

TWO TYPES

  • PYROTECHNIC – Need at least 3
    • 42 MONTH LIFE
    • Check The Expiration Date
  • NON-PYROTECHNIC
    • Lights
    • Flags

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Visual Distress Signals

PYROTECHNIC DEVICES USCG APPROVED

  • HAND HELD RED FLARES
  • RED METEOR
  • PARACHUTE METEOR
  • ORANGE SMOKE

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Visual Distress Signals

NON – PYROTECHNIC USCG APPROVED

  • AUTOMATIC SOS FLASHLIGHT
  • ORANGE FLAG WITH BLACK SYMBOLS

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other vsds
Other VSDs

Arm signal

Not USCG approved

Use if no other

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carbon monoxide poisoning
CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
  • Symptoms
    • Dizziness, nausea, headache
    • unconscious
  • Prevention
    • Maintain fresh air flow through boat
    • DO NOT run an engine when swimming
    • Install a Carbon Monoxide detector

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float plans
Float Plans
  • Complete description of boat
  • Emergency contact information
  • Destination and expected return
  • Detailed trip legs
  • Number & Names of passengers
  • Notify plan holder upon return or
  • change of plans.
  • Download atwww.FloatPlanCentral.org

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fueling safely
Fueling Safely
  • 1/3rd RULE
    • 1/3rd to go out
    • 1/3rd to return
    • 1/3rd for safety

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DSC
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
  • A major upgrade to the International

safety radio system

  • Marine VHF & SSB radios with digital selective calling (DSC)

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DSC
  • Each radio programmed with a unique “Maritime Mobile Service Identity” (MMSI) number.
  • To Register and Get your MMSI Numberhttp://www.boatus.com/mmsi
  • Connect radio to a GPS.
  • Press & hold the DISTRESS button.

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DSC
  • After an emergency call the radio automatically returns to Channel 16 VHF or 2182 kHz SSB for voice communication.
  • Vessel operator should initiate a regular voice distress call so that other vessels not equipped with DSC receivers may know of the distress.

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how to avoid problems accidents
How to Avoid Problems/Accidents

Brief Passengers

  • Where is safety equipment located
  • How to operate safety equipment
  • How to operate the Marine radio
  • Importance of wearing PFDsAsk them to put it on and adjust it to fit
  • Children under 6 must be in PFDs!

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How to Avoid Problems/Accidents
  • Keep your boat properly maintained
  • Always watch the weather
    • Check the weather forecast before you go out!
  • You may be liable if anyone on your boat is hurt or killed
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks
  • Bring water/juices for people to drink

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How to Avoid Problems/Accidents
  • Take a Boating Safety Course
    • Florida Boater Education ID Card
    • Include everyone in the family, bring a buddy

http://www.SafeBoatingJax.com

or call 904-721-1346

  • Get a FREE vessel safety inspection
    • Go to: http://safetyseal.net/

or call 904-721-1346

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conclusion
Conclusion
  • This is not how you want to end your boating day

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questions
Questions
  • It’s Much Better This Way!

Thank YouBoat Safely!

United States Coast Guard AuxiliaryFlotilla 14-8

SafeBoatingJax.com

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