Although spring typically isn’t known as a particularly busy time of the year for boating, there are still many boating enthusiasts who love the crisp air and the unique joy of boating during spring time. Boating during spring is exhilarating. It is also the ideal time to brush up on your boating skills, and make sure that your boat is in the right shape and tuned up not just for spring, but also for the more hectic summer boating season ahead. This way you, and others around you, will be sure to be safe whether you’re boating on Lake Lanier, the Chattahoochee River, or any other body of water in the North Georgia area.
Across the country, the Coast Guard estimates that as many as 80 recent of all boating accidents, caused by user error, involved boaters who had never undergone a boating education program. Learning how to operate and handle your boat is a must whether you plan on boating regularly or just a few times a year. Just as you would never dream of driving your car on the highway without knowing the basics of driving, learning the essentials of boating technique is also necessary to ensure not only your safety but also those around you on the water. However, a surprisingly large number of boaters every year see no problem in taking to the lakes and rivers across Georgia in boats without even a single hour of training or education. Operating a boat can be as, or even more, challenging than driving a motor vehicle. In fact, an untrained boater may be at an even higher risk of causing an accident than a motorist because of the special challenges posed by water currents, weather and other factors that are beyond the control of the boater. Not only can boating accidents cause severe injuries, they can also be fatal when the victim’s injuries disable them to the point where they cannot swim in the water and drown as a result.
To help reduce the number of boating accidents, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators conducts a special campaign every year to encourage boaters to focus on safety during the spring months. This year, the special program will be kicked off during the week from March 17 to March 23.