Boating safety is very important to remember when riding one
On any type of boat, canoes, kayaks, speedboats etc. it is very important to wear a US Coast Guard approved life jacket. It can save your life, Studies show that life jackets could've saved the lives of over 80% of boating fatality victims.
Educating yourself on boating is also very important when your driving one. Studies show that 74% of the accidents involved boating operators who had not taken a certified safety training course.
Many many people die from boating accidents. Unfortunately. approximately 800 people die a year from boating accidents. And is 2009 the Coast Guard counted 4730 accidents that involved 736 deaths, 3358 injuries and approximately $36 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.
Preventing fires on your boat is also very important. Keep fire extinguishers on your boat at all times, it may not put the whole fire out but it would probably buy you some time to get out of the boat. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to alert you of a fire. Also have a fire emergency plan and practice it.Fires at sea are very deadly but they can be prevented.
Alcohol is also a factor in some boating accidents. While operating a boat you require good vision, good coordination and the ability to react quickly. A recent study shows alcohol was a contributing factor In 51% of motorboat fatalities in the US. Make sure the boating operator isn't under the influence while operating the boat.