We all know that water can be dangerous, but it’s easy to underestimate the risks. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, in 2020 there were 5,265 recreational boating accidents, involving 3,191 injuries and 767 deaths. The fatality rate equals 6.5 deaths per 100,000 registered boats, a 25% increase from the 2019 fatality rate. Drowning accounted for 75% of the deaths. Of those who drowned, 86% were not wearing life jackets.
These numbers are staggering and should serve as a reminder of how important it is to remain safe when you’re out on the water. At RideSafe, we take our responsibility of keeping people safe seriously and are dedicated to helping everyone learn more about water safety so they can make informed decisions while out on a boat or other vessel.
A key aspect of water safety is wearing life jackets at all times while on or near the water—especially children! All vessels must have a USCG-approved life jacket available for each person on board—they’re even required by law in some states! Additionally, it’s important to follow navigational regulations and use other safety devices such as flares when appropriate.
We know the solution, and we must start talking about it, normalizing powersport safety conversations, and express that it is good to care for and look after one another. At RideSafe, we believe that no one should ever have to experience tragedy due to lack of proper knowledge or preparation when going out on the water—that’s why we have created educational resources with tips on how you can stay safe while enjoying your time on a boat or other vessel!