Originally Posted by psneeld
- recommend us to wear lifejackets at all times They have to do it as part of their safety image
- retrieve more drowned people who haven't been wearing their life jackets, that those who have True but look at all the reasons why a person winds up in the water that needs to be rescued and the types of boats and boating that statistic comes from.
Your comments carry great weight. May I add the following, not to prolong a discussion but perhaps to enhance it?
re your point "They have to do it as part of their safety image
". The RNLI is a charity relying on the public for their income with no government funding at all. Their boats launch an average of 24 times a day around the UK and all crews are voluntary. It's very much in their interest to reduce the number of times they get called to conserve funds, so you are right that it's in their interest to do anything to help reduce accidents and save lives.
re your point "True but look at all the reasons why a person winds up in the water that needs to be rescued and the types of boats and boating that statistic comes from
". Again, a very good point. However, rather than say (for example) high risk = small yacht, rought seas, young children = wear lifejackets; whereas low risk = 80' trawler, calm seas, professional crew = don't bother, is a subject likely in itself to lead into difficult waters (forgive the pun).
Education on safety as we all know is paramount. Experience and wisdom should then dictate to each one of us how we want to translate our learning into practice. Hence, for me, all crew and visitors on Play d'eau wear life jackets when underway - I see it as a risk reduction and one item less to think about.
One of the straplines often used is 'minimise the chance of becoming a statistic'. As you indicate, it's the skipper's choice how far to relax the guidelines - that's not a criticism, just the right of a skipper.
Here's to freedom from state regulations on the water!