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Vol. 21, No. 1
Water Safety Journal
Newsletter of the National Water Safety Congress
February 2005
Life Jacket CD-ROMAvailable Soon Nine out of 10 drownings occur in inlandThe CD is chock full of ways to engagegreat ideas and tips to educate boaters and waters, most within a few feet of safety andboaters in an interactive manner to learnto help change boater behavior.” involving boats less than 20 feet long. Mostabout life jackets. It features high-energy,The CD includes a video, public service drowning victims had access to a personalupbeat footage and a wide variety of on-announcements and a handy tool kit stocked flotation device (PFD), or life jacket, but didwater activities and user groups. It iswith lesson plans, a warm-up quiz, the “PFD not wear it.especially well suited toGame Show” (which is much like the ever-In an effort to increase the wearingular television game showJeopardy), a life jackets, the Personal Flotation Devtion on understanding the U.S. Coast Manufacturers Association (PFDMA)ard PFD labeling system, guidelines on produced a high-quality, innovative CD-to promote PFDs, a virtual PFD fashion ROM that highlights the best in life jacketw, and more. technology and the importance of wearinThe video is segmented to allow life jackets whenever you are out on tcators to tailor their PFD-wear message water. specificaudiences, educational settings, Funded through a grant from the Aqu. The message is clear and consistent Resources (Wallop-Breaux) Trust Furoughout: “Boating is a great sport and administered by the U.S. Coast Guard, thets of fun. But to do it right, you have to highlights improvements in PFD performanear the right gear. And that means wear comfort and the wide range of choiyour life jacket!” tailored to different on-water activities.Following the videos are several public The multimedia disk was designedvice announcements, including those educators, dealers, manufacturers aated by the U.S. Coast Guard through others to use in promoting the use of l“You’re In Command” program. jackets among recreational boaters. It issuch as anglers, hunters, paddlersPFDMA will distribute the CD to the perfect for use at boat shows or otherand children.U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, display booth venues, physical education“The CD is wonderful,” said BerniceUnited States Power Squadron, boating law classes, school demonstrations, openMcArdle, project manager with PFDMA.administrators, boat dealers, boat houses, and other events.“I’m very pleased with it. It includes lots ofmanufacturers, the media and other boating-safety partners. In addition to the CD, PFDMA also Get Ready for the Summitrecently revamped its four-color brochure on life jackets. The Ninth Annual International Boating and Water Safety Summit is just around the The easy-to-read booklet provides corner. It will be held March 13-16, 2005, in Newport Beach, California. boaters with a quick and complete overview If you haven’t registered and booked your room yet -- do so today. The deadline is of today’s choices of life jackets, as well as February 14. their uses and performance characteristics. Co-sponsored by the National Water Safety Congress and the National Safe Boating It also supplies facts, figures, and helpful Council, the Summit is considered the aquatic program event for professionals and hints about water safety. volunteers involved with boating and water safety. The event offers an opportunity for Copies of the booklet can be ordered boating and water safety experts to share information about current issues and trends in from the PFDMA at www.pfdma.org or by boating and water safety. calling 312.946.6280. The Summit will be held at the Hyatt Newporter (1107 Jamboree Road Newport Beach, CA 92660). The room rate is $106 per night. The hotel can be contacted by phone (949.729.1234), fax (949.759.3253), e-mail (info@hyattnewporter.com), and online (http://www.hyattnewporter.com). For more information about the Summit’s program and registration, visit www.watersafetycongress.org and www.safeboatingcouncil.org. The Summit is funded in part under a grant from the Aquatic Resources (Wallop-Breaux) Trust Fund administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.is the proud sponsor of The program schedule for this year’s Summit is listed on page 5 of this newsletter. theWater Safety Journal. Please keep in mind that the schedule is tentative and times may vary.
Water Safety Journal Executive Director’s Report
By Cecilia Duer
Happy New Year to all of our partners who are so dedicated to water and boating safety throughout the United States, Canada, and our International partners!! I am enjoying the view from the office window this morning, across Lake Erie to Canadian waters…all frozen of course. But the good news is that the sun is shining! The weather reminds me to remind all of you to practice cold water/ice safety procedures. Please make folks aware of the inherent dangers of living on or near cold water and frozen waterways. There is great new information available for cold water/ice safety education. Most of those materials will be presented in an all-day post-Summit course on March 17, in Newport Beach, Calif. The class will be instructed by Gary Owen, our Education Committee Chair for the Congress, and the fee is $50. Knowing that the ice will melt (at least by June) also reminds me to tell you that we are also offering a post-Summit class in underwater investigation. This class will be held March 17-18. The cost of this class, which will offer a certification as an Underwater Investigator at the end of the two days, will be $225. Registration for BOTH classes is available through our website: www.watersafetycongress.org. Please be sure to visit the site for more information on these very important classes. You can download an application and mail it directly to our office. If you are planning to attend either class, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can make necessary arrangements for the class and materials. Keep in mind that the cold-water immersion/ice safety class can also be presented to you locally. Call the office for more information about having our team present the class to you and your staff or partners. …and speaking of the Summit. This is your last reminder to SIGN UP NOW for the International Boating and Water Safety Summit to be held in Newport Beach, Calif., from Sunday, March 13 through Wednesday, March 16. THE FIRST 400 TO REGISTER WILL RECEIVE A MUSTANG INFLATABLE PFD IN THEIR SUMMIT BAGS!!! There are tremendous opportunities available at the Summit. This year will be bigger and better than ever and includes many more hands-on activities and PSAs to take home to your communities. Just a couple of things we are planning. PLEASE check out the program available online too and keep in mind that there are also pre-and post-summit activities. You will want to participate in as many activities as possible if you are heading out to California. I truly believe that if you have not attended the Summit, you should know that once you go, you will likely not want to miss another. We are also working on reviewing the grassroots grant applications that have come into the office in the past couple of months. Many great things are happening across our country, according to what we are seeing in these grant applications. Review and decisions for funding these grants should be complete before the Summit in March. Keep your eyes on the website and for the nextJournalto see the outcome. The office has also been busy getting out our new membership campaign letters. We have developed a new membership campaign package, and the letters are going out the first of February. If a letter doesn’t arrive in your mailbox soon, please check the website for a copy of the letter that will go to all potential members and corporate sponsors. We don’t want to miss anyone, but if we did not have your address, please contact the office through our e-mail address so that we can include you on our mailing list. You can also become a member online! All the best for a VERY safe and happy new year. Take advantage of the opportunities available to you from the National Water Safety Congress and all of our dedicated partners. I will be looking for you at the Summit in March. Stop by the booth and say hello! Page 2
Media Package Available to Publicize Safe Boating Campaign
The National Safe Boating Council has created a media package for this year’s North American Safe Boating Campaign. It contains story ideas, public service announcements, press releases, and a B-Roll tape with a cue sheet. The goal is for these items to be shared with your local media outlets – newspapers, television stations and radio stations – to promote the North American Safe Boating Campaign. The media packet is separate from the campaign kits and should be given to those individuals who wish to coor-dinate outreach efforts with the lo-cal media. The package has been designed so that minimal effort is required by the stations that choose to air it, making it an easy sell.  Formore information or to request a media package, contact Erika Clemons, campaign coordinator with the National Safe Boating Council, at 703.361.4294 or campaign@safeboatingcouncil.org.
Water Safety Journal
Vol. 21, No. 1
February 2005
A publication of the NationalWater Safety Congress, a tax-exempt, nonprofit, public ser-vice organization dedicated to water safety.
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February 2005
Water Safety Journal Coast Guard CommissionsNational Boating Under the Influence Study
By John M. Malatak Chief, Program Operations Division U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety
“You’re in Command. Boat Responsibly!” – the U.S. Coast Guard’s national boating safety outreach initiative – was successfully launched a year and a half ago. The program is designed to make boaters aware that they are “in command” and “responsible” for their actions while on the water. Our goal is to reduce fatalities, injuries, associated health care costs, and property damage due to recreational boating accidents. One of the key areas of the “You’re In Command” initiative is boating under the influence (BUI). Ask boaters to identify the greatest danger on the water, and many will quickly reply by saying, “people driving their boats while under the influence of alcohol.” Some make this statement while sipping “a cold one.” (See, it’s always the other person.) In fact, if boaters accepted personal responsibility for their actions (and the actions of their passengers), they would not drink and boat. They would understand that operating a boat under the influence is as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than driving a car while intoxicated. They would not subject themselves, their passengers, or other boaters to accidents and fatalities caused by impaired reaction time and judgment. Current Coast Guard statistics reveal that 31 percent of recreational boating fatalities in 2003 involved alcohol. Stated another way, 218 people may have died in just one year because they or the boat operator was impaired. Each one of those fatalities represents a devastating loss to family and loved ones. Each one was completely preventable. As horrific as this story is, it represents only part of the impact of boating under the influence. We know that in addition to the fatalities, many other boating accidents involve alcohol. These accidents resulted in property damage, insurance losses, and search and rescue expense. Many also caused serious or permanent injuries, leading to significant health care costs, lost productivity, pain, and suffering. Again, all of this is preventable. Furthermore, analysts at the Coast Guard believe that BUI numbers are actually
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much higher than those that can be confirmed. Operators and passengers are not always tested for blood alcohol content (BAC). When they are, they are sometimes tested too late to get a reliable reading. Some accident reports are completed by the boaters themselves, who are not inclined to report their own alcohol consumption. In addition, it is believed that many non-fatal accidents are not reported to law enforcement authorities at all. Therefore, the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety – as a part of the second phase of the “You’re in Command” multi-year initiative – has commissioned a national study of boating under the influence.
The goal of this study is twofold: to “fill in the blanks” by using statistical methods to provide an estimate of the true number of recreational boating accidents that are attributed to BUI, and then to provide a true cost of those accidents and calculate the real annual price tag to society of boating under the influence accidents and fatalities. If the statistics are rigorous and defensible, and the overall cost is as dramatic as we believe, this study will provide great value. Hopefully, it will awaken public awareness, focus the attention of legislators, and provide more resources for boating education and enforcement. The Coast Guard has selected the prestigious Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation (PIRE) to conduct the study. PIRE’s work includes two phases. PIRE is developing a methodology and associated cost model for estimating the societal cost of boating accidents – including those associated with BUI. PIRE is also creating a methodology for “scaling-up” the accidents and injuries included in the Boating Accident Report Database to more realistic estimates of national totals. The work will be consistent with models used for highway and air travel – such as
NHTSA’s – so that valid trans-modal cost comparisons can be made. PIRE’s models will be implemented in such a way that the results can be updated year over year as new data is collected. The Office of Boating Safety also enlisted the assistance of nationally recognized experts to serve as a technical review board for the study. This group will analyze and provide guidance for the ongoing work. In addition to Ted Miller, Ph.D. of PIRE, the board includes L. Daniel Maxim, Ph.D., U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, serving as the Coast Guard’s project manager; Bruce Lawrence, Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation; Tom Mangione, Ph.D., JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.; Anne Allen, M.D., SailSportMed Inc./ US Sailing; Larry Blincoe, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA); Steve Blackistone, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB); Eric Gabler, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); Dr. Gordon Smith, Ph.D.,Liberty Research Institute for Safety; and Bruce Schmidt, U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety. The final products of the study will be an in-depth report and article suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. However, when the study is complete – currently projected to be in the spring of 2005 – the work will just begin. If the study does proves that BUI is a significant and expensive problem, the Office of Boating Safety will solicit support from its recreational boating safety partners and key stakeholders to mount a vigorous media relations campaign under “You’re in Command. Boat Responsibly!” to build awareness among the public, legislators and government officials and modify the behavior of owners and operators of recreational boats. We’ll continue to provide updates on the progress of this nationally significant effort. Then, as soon as results are available, we will provide the necessary tools and materials needed to reach the boating public with this important initiative – helping to reduce boating under the influence and save more lives.
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Water Safety Journal Operation BoatSmart Deemed a Success AsOperation BoatSmartboating saidPickens. “And they’re looking for ways ends, safety partners benefit from the campaignsto partner.” successful efforts.In explaining targeted outreach, Pickens Operation BoatSmartwas a four-yearsaid that for boating safety messages to be campaign initiated by the U.S. Coast Guardmore effective, educators need to realize that and the Coast Guard Auxiliary to preventthere are certain boaters who could be con-recreational boating deaths on America’ssidered more high risk. To reach these boat-waterways through working in partnershipers, we must tailor our safety messages. with other boating safety organizations andThe coalition of Operation BoatSmart stakeholders. partnersdetermined that the best way for Under the leadership of CDR Kimthem to prevent recreational boating deaths Pickens, Operation BoatSmart project officer,was to work closely together at the national, the campaign accomplished much in the ef-regional and local levels to develop strategies fort to raise the level of boating safetythat focus more on inland areas where the awareness across the nation.majority of Americans’boating takes place. TheOperation BoatSmart coalitionVarious partnerships were established consisted of the National Association ofand strengthened through the campaign. State Boating Law Administrators, National“There is more understanding and aware-Safe Boating Council, the Coast Guard andness among partners, and a higher level of the Auxiliary, the United States Powercoordination among boating safety aware-Squadrons and the National Water Safetyness efforts,” said Pickens. Congress, along with other boating- andHowever, there is still a lot of work to safety-related organizations and industry.be done. “The partnering component has TheOperation BoatSmartreached the level I would have liked topartnership not devised four Key Principles or precepts:have seen on the local level,” said Pickens, ƒ“It’s been difficult to get our messages di-Wearing life jackets saves lives; ƒrectly to the boaters.”Boater education save lives; ƒSafe boats (properly equipped andThe U.S. Coast Guard has introduced a maintained) save lives;and newnewsletter,Waypoints. This effort will ƒSober boating saves lives (operators and passengers). The campaign employed four intervention strategies: ƒUsing accident data, iden-tify those boaters, activities, places and times that are most at risk for a boating accident or fatality to occur. ƒTarget at least some of your activities on those most at risk as identified above. ƒPartner with others when-ever possible to avoid du-plication and to create synergy of effort. ƒMaintain a consistent mes-sage to those most at risk for a fatality. That mes-sage should be tied to one of thebuild upon the contributions made through Key Principles.Operation BoatSmart. Because ofOperation BoatSmartbasic principles remain: to keep, The Pickens said there is now a greater acceptanceactive communications among the various by those in the boating safety and preventionrecreational boating safety partners going realms about the importance of wearing lifeand deliver information and tools to those jackets. There is a also greater acceptanceat the grassroots level. about the concept of targeted outreach.Waypointsbe accessed online at can “Most everybody is onboard with theh t t p : / / u s c g b o a t i n g . o r g / w a y p o i n t s / right message and with targeted outreach,”waypoints-home.htm. Page 4
Study on Safe Distance for CO Safety
Carbon monoxide continues to be of great concern for boating safety specialists. Many organizations are partnering to raise awareness among recreational boaters. Others are collaborating on various s t u d i e sr e l a t e dt o carbon monoxide (CO) and boats.  InSeptember 2003, the U.S. Coast Guard and the American Boat & Yacht Council released the results of a study conducted to determine the need of a minimum safe distance to tow persons behind a gasoline-powered vessel. The study consisted of recording CO levels at various distances behind an inboard powered boat. Recordings were taken at v a r i o u s speeds, wind d i r e c t i o n s , and boat loadings by towing a dinghy on plane behind a ski boat. To record the CO levels, two CO monitors were mounted on the bow of the dinghy -- one at two feet about the water and one at 5 feet above the water. The highest concentrations of CO were measured above the stern seat of the s k ib o a ta ts l o ws p e e d s .C Ol e v e l s averaged 135 parts per million at 7.5 miles per hour, with peak CO levels measuring 434 ppm. COlevels dropped as speed increased. At 25 mph average CO concentrations measured 19 ppm with peak readings measuring 110 ppm. Results of the towed tests showed that the highest CO readings tended to occur during acceleration and tended to last for a relatively short duration. CO levels at 2 feet above the water were higher than CO levels at 5 feet above the water. CO levels were highest at slow speeds, close to the water and close behind the ski boat. In conclusion, CO levels in the stern seat of a ski boat are high enough to be cause for concern. CO levels at 20 feet behind the towed boat are high enough to affect towed tubers. The full report is posted at http:// www.uscgboating.org/command/co/files/ CO_SafeDistanceReport.pdf.
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Water Safety Journal IBWSS Schedule -- March 13-18,2005
The schedule for the International Boating and Water Safety Summit is listed below. Time are tentative and subject to change. Be sure to register and make hotel reservations by February 14, 2005!
Sunday, March 13 6-8 PM Opening Reception & Exhibits
Monday, March 14 7-7:50 AM Continental Breakfast
OPENING 8-8:45 AM Welcome from the State of California USCG Opening Remarks Other Introductions and Announcements Overview of the Summit
GENERAL SESSIONS 8:45-9:15 AM NTSB Recommendation from PFD Forum Vice Chairman Mark Rosenker
9:40-10 AM Beverage Break
10 AM-12 PM Strategies on Carbon Monoxide Education Strategies on Increasing PFDWear
12-1:30 PM Lunch onYour Own
1:30-2:15 PM Effective CommunicationsTechniques
2:15-2:30 PM Beverage Break
2:30-4:30 PM Pool Activities
4:30-6:30 PM U.S.Army corps of Engineers Meeting FERC/Hydropower Group Meeting Paddlesport Safety Meeting
5:30 PM Dinner OnYour Own
Tuesday, March 15 7:30-8:30 AM Continental Breakfast
CONCURRENT BREAKOUTTRACKS You may select from these 4Tracks:  1.Education  2.Outreach & Communication  3.Waterway/RiskManagement  4.Law Enforcement February 2005
8:30-9:20 AM 1. Boating SafetyYouth Award Winner 2. Creative Partnering Draws Boating Safety Awareness 3. Dam Emergency Action Plans 4. Homeland Security
9:30-10:20 AM 1. Innovative Tools to Teach Water Safety 2.TheYoung and the Reckless 3.Tailwater Safety Lowhead Dams 4. Investigating the Water-Related Death
10:40-11:30 AM 1. Life Jackets ARE for Everyone 2. Making Waves with the Media 3.A-Backup Dam toWithstand Earthquakes 4. Boating Under the InfluenceTraining Program
12:00 -1:30 PM Lunch - on the beach
1:30-5:30 PM On SiteWater Activities at the Dunes
5:30 PM Dinner OnYour Own
Wednesday, March 16 7:30-8:30 AM Continental Breakfast
CONCURRENT BREAKOUTTRACKS You may select from these 4 tracks: 1. Education 2. Outreach & Communication 3.Waterway/Risk Management 4. Law Enforcement
8:30-9:20 AM 1. Boating Education Advancement Award Winner 2. Collaborating WithYour Local Red Cross to Spread Important Boating andWater Safety Messages 3. Surviving a Dunking 4. Ocean Rescue Training
9:30-10:20 AM 1. Boating Education Advancement Award Winner 2. Paddlesport Safety Program 3. SoYou’ve Just Been Sued,WhatYou Need To Know 4. State/Federal Enforcement Operations-Overcoming Problems that Occur in Situations of Joint Jurisdiction
10:45-11:35 AM 1. Boating Education Advancement Award Winner 2. Successful Aquatic Programming: How to Start Small and GrowWith Cost Saving Ideas and Community Networking 3.The Perception of Risk and the Influence Upon Safety Behavior 4. PWC for Law Enforcement
11:35 AM-1:30 PMLunch OnYour Own NWSC Merit Award Luncheon (Invitation Only)
1:30-4 PM General Session Developing an Effective PSA (Attendees will receive a usable PSAs for their community)
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Poster/PSA ContestWinners Announced Winning presentations will be available for public viewing
6-6:30 PM Reception/Networking
6:30-9 PM Awards Banquet Prize Drawings
9 PM-Midnight Social Activities
Thursday, March 17 7-10 AM NWSC Board of Directors’ Meeting
8 AM-5PM NSBC InstructorTraining Course* Ice Safety/Hypothermia Awareness Course* Investigating Water-RelatedDeath*
1-2 PM Summit Advisory Committee Wrap-up
Friday, March 18 8 AM-4:30 PM NSBC InstructorTraining Course* Investigating Water-RelatedDeath*
*Additional Fees
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Water Safety Journal National SAFE KIDS Extra Learning Opportunities Offered After Summit Releases Report Two post-Summit courses are being offeredof all levels working on or around cold water after this year’s boating safety event.environments. It will provide knowledge,While water recreation provides hours of To register for any course, pleaseskills and abilities to survive life-threateningenjoyment and exercise for children, water contact the National Water Safety Congresscold water experiences.and children can be a deadly mix when an at 440.209.9805 or e-mail Cecilia Duer atThe cost is $50 per person. A certificateunsafe environment, inadequate supervision carduer@yahoo.com. ofcompletion will be issued.or improperly used safety gear is also present, The deadline to register is Feb. 14.The course covers basic water safety,says the National SAFE KIDS Campaign. cold water exposure and ice safety.Statistics show that Investigating the Water-Related DeathInstruction will include water-relateddrowning remains the If you’re looking for an extensive andemergencies, Emergency Action Plans,second leading cause comprehensive, no-holds barred seminarboating safety, cold water immersion, coldof injury-related death that will prepare you to conductshock response, hypothermia, ice formation,among children ages 1 investigations into water-related deathssafe travel on ice, and how to survive an icyto 14, despite a 40 more efficiently and professionally, then beplunge. percentdecline in the sure to check outInvestigating the Water-childhood drowning Related Death.Safe Swimming Beachesdeath rate from 1987 to The two-day course will be taughtIf you operate a swimming beach, you’ll2001. March 17-18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It includeswant to attend theSafe Swimming BeachesA study by SAFE KIDS found 88 specialized instruction in such areas asseminar offered through the Aquatic Safetypercent of children who drowned in the postmortem observations, reportingResearch Group.United States in 2000 and 2001 were under procedures and other topics that will enableSafe Swimming Beachesthe supervision of another person, usuallythe only is you to efficiently investigate any water-national education and training programa family member. Supervision was defined related death.designed for beach and waterfront manag-as being in the care of another individual, Several topics involving the waterers. The text, written by Dr. Griffiths and pub-not necessarily in their direct line of sight. environment are presented for both diverlished by the National Recreation and ParkAlong with poor quality of supervision, and non-diver, including evidenceAssociation, thestudy revealed that many adults don’t recovery and preservation, SCUBAis the authori-properly fence pools, don’t require the use fatalities, skeletal remains recovery, bodytative publica-of personal flotation devicesor don’t teach recovery and aircraft recovery.tion on beachtheir children how to swim. The experience presented in thismanagement. TheSAFE KIDS report,Clear Danger: seminar will not only allow an individualThis semi-A National Study of Childhood Drowning to successfully search for the victim of anar will beand Related Attitudes and Behaviors, water-related death but also review theheld March 17,supported by Johnson & Johnson, included investigations done by others.2005, from 8nationally representative surveys of parents The cost of the seminar is $225. A copya.m. to 5 p.m.(of children 14 and under) and children ages of Cpl. Robert G. Teather’sEncyclopedia TheSafe 8through 12, revealed many startling of Underwater Investigation(a $48 value)S w i m m i n gstatistics, such as: is available for $40. A certificate ofBeaches semi-More than half (55 percent) of parents completion will be issued.nar offerssay there are some circumstances beach manag-where it is acceptable for a child to Surviving a Life ThreateningBetter Beaches, written byswim unsupervised.ers the oppor-Cold-Water ExperienceNearly two-thirds (61 percent) of pool Tom Griffiths, is the requiredtunity to learn text for the Safe Swimming Are you a volunteer or professionalthe funda-or spa-owning parents do not have Beaches seminar being offered working “along, on and/or in” the coldmentals ofisolation fencing around their pools or as a post-Summit course. water? Have you ever found yourself in abeach man-spas, and 43 percent have no self-potential life-threatening incident and notagement by comparing industry standardsclosing and self-latching gate. fully confident in your skills and abilities toagainst daily operations of beaches fromMany kids aged 8 to 12 admit they respond? aroundthe world.never wear a life jacket when riding on If so, register forSurviving a LifeThe seminar focuses on: Design,a personal watercraft (50 percent), Threatening Cold Water ExperienceO p e r a t i o na n d beingparticipating in water sports (37M a n a g e m e n t ;Wa t e r offered on March 17, 2005, from 8 .m. to 5 p.m.Q u a l i t y ;Water Safety; and Riskpercent) or on a boat (16 percent). This one-day basic survival course isManagement and Liability.To learn more the National SAFE KIDS geared toward professionals and volunteerscampaign or to viewClear Danger: A National Study of Childhood Drowning NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK and Related Attitudes and Behaviors, visit www.safekids.org. MAY 21-27, 2005 Page 6February 2005