Under a new NYS law, known as Brianna’s Law, all motor boat operators born on or after Jan. 1, 1993 will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2020. All motor boat operators, REGARDLESS OF AGE will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2025.https://www.boatus.org/newyork/
This time of year always brings out spring cleaning, house/camp projects, and lots of swimming, paddling and boating activities. The last thing anyone is likely thinking about is an accident that could derail your summer activities.
Think about the last time you had an accident As a result of the accident, you might have been hurt, or hurt someone else, or damaged something. Usually the accident was caused by one of four things:
Now think back and consider before this accident if you were Rushing, Frustrated, Fatigued or Complacent. How many times after an accident have I heard “but I’ve done that a million times!”.
Fortunately or unfortunately, the amount of accident damage depends on the amount of hazardous energy, so a mistake on the lake in a kayak, likely will not have the same damage impact as a motorboat or jet ski. Think back to that earlier accident… could it have been worse? How worse?
The good news is that with some practice we can recognize when we are in some of the “dangerous states” such as Rushing, Frustration, Fatigue, or Complacency and self-trigger, or remind yourself, to be extra careful, or to take a break and cool down.
We are all neighbors, and we want everyone to be safe and enjoy the summer!
Wakeboarding is a fun new activity on our lake. Boats designed to make jumbo waves for riding can cause problems for other boaters and property owners if we are not careful. Let’s share the water responsibly as good neighbors!
From Boat US.