Outdoors

July 3, 2014

Think safety while boating

Think you’re fast enough to put on a stowed life jacket when a boating accident happens?

Not likely.

Drowning is the reported cause of death in more than three-fourths of boating accident fatalities nationwide, with 88 percent of victims not wearing a life jacket. A jacket can save your life — but only if you wear it.

Georgia boaters are required to have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for every person on board and boaters younger than 13 are required to wear one at all times on a moving vessel.

To learn more, visit goboatinggeorgia.com/boating.

MANDATORY EDUCATION: Life jacket safety, the 100-foot law, minimum age limits for boat operators and boating under the influence are just a few examples of topics taught during a boater education course.

As of July 1, all potential vessel operators born on or after Jan. 1, 1989, are required to complete a boater education course before taking a boat out on the water. Courses are available online, in a classroom or via a home study course.

To learn more or find a coure, visit gadnrle.org.

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