Boating Education Infographics: Part 1

Our friends at BOATERexam.com have shared some pretty cool boating education infographics with us, and now we are sharing them with you! What better way to teach kids or brush up on your own knowledge than looking at colorful, yet informative, illustrations?

We will be posting these infographics over the next couple weeks. Not only can you view them on here, but be sure to share with your friends, too.

We also would like to announce we now have a Pinterest! Be sure to check us out on there and feel free to pin us or follow us if you are a member. That account can be found here: Manitou Pontoons Pinterest.

Our first infographic is on Aids to Navigation:

 

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Cautionary Tales in Boating Safety: Part 4

Richard VanDermark

Image courtesy of Flickr user Jaako

If there’s anything Navigation Officer for Greenwood Lake Police Department Richard VanDermark is eager to share with others, it’s that his own life was saved because he was wearing a life jacket.

On a warm August day, he was tubing with his grandchildren on Greenwood Lake and his son-in-law was at the controls of his pontoon boat. As he was pushing his granddaughter up onto the deck of the boat after tubing, he slipped, hit his face on the deck, and fell back into the water.

“The next thing I remember was my son-in-law doing CPR on me,” he said.  “When I woke up things were foggy but I do remember I could not breathe very well, [I was] making loud wheezing sounds and looking at my terrified grandchildren.”

After his near death experience, he looks at life a lot different, he said. There is a fine line between life and death and all the little things count.

Image courtesy of the National Safe Boating Council

When speaking to individuals that refuse to wear life jackets, VanDermark said he shares his personal experiences about pulling bodies out of the water. Those people would not have drowned had they been wearing life jackets.

He said he always wears his life jacket on and off duty to promote a positive image to other people. He strongly supports the Wear It! campaign and would like to see New York law changed so that everyone must wear life jackets, not just those under 12 years old.

“If I was not wearing my life jacket I would not be here today to share my experience with others,” he said.

Another memorable experience VanDermark had was when he was on patrol and came across a paddle boat containing two young children that were not wearing life jackets. Because they said they did not have any, he gave them two life jackets from the patrol boat.

Later on, he said a thunder and lightning storm arose and his mind went back to the children. After responding to their location, he found their boat sinking and them in the water. He was able to pull the children into his boat, hook up the paddle boat, and return to shore safely.

“If I did not give the children [life jackets] they would have certainly drowned,” he said. “Everything turned out okay. That was a good day.”

 

Boating Safety Tips: Part 2

We’ve chatted with a few people and asked what they believe the most important boating safety tips are. Here’s input from another person we spoke with:

Carolyn Stuberg, Founder and Executive Director of Alexandria School for Nannies

Stuberg said she has her skipper’s license and she owns three boats and a wave runner. Boating safety is taught at the school for nannies and the lake house.

  • No children under 12 years old are allowed on the dock or in a boat without a life jacket
  • Children’s life jackets must have collars with handles in case they fall into the lake. The vests must also have crotch straps and be approved by the United States Coast Guard
  • Anyone using a wave runner must know how to swim
  • No one without a skipper’s license is allowed to drive a wave runner or boat
  • Those with skipper’s licenses must carries copies with them in a waterproof bag
  • All persons being pulled behind the boat must have a spotter
  • All spotters and riders must know the correct hand signals
  • No barefoot wave riding
  • No alcoholic beverages on the boat
Image courtesy of the National Safe Boating Council

Lastly, Stuberg said safety checks are mandatory before anyone takes out a boat or wave runner. All safety items including fire extinguishers and correct number of life jackets must be present.