Tuesday, 15 January 2008
Fishing for Safety
Another target group for the safety organizations: fishermen. The conditions brought on by the drought make zipping across the water to a favorite fishing spot particularly dangerous.
"Some fishermen believe they're out there just to fish and they don't realize that they have to comply with all of the safety regulations when it comes to boating,' MacDonald said. "The conditions are really hazardous because of the drought and you see it all across North America. Because of the drought, the areas where you used to be able to go over, now there are rocks and tree stumps, other debris down there. And because the water is kind of murky, you don't see it. You're traveling at 40 or 50 miles an hour and by the time your depth finder starts picking it up, it's too late. You're already over it."
For more information about the courses, go to America's Boating Club - Nashville Squadron
For more information about the other groups involved in the safety presentation at the Nashville Boat & Sportshow, go to:
• seascout.org
• propellerclubhq.com
• ingrambarge.com
Posted on 01/15/2008 11:52 AM by Barry
Sunday, 13 January 2008
Safe-boating Classes Urged

Students take notes and listen during a boat safety class by the Music City Power Squadron last spring. Registration for boat safety classes will take place at the Nashville Boat and Sportshow Jan. 9-13 at the Nashville Convention Center.

Four boaters on the Cumberland River were injured earlier this fall after striking a submerged object that caused their craft to crash into a shoreline tree. The accident was one of several nationwide caused by the drought conditions that made boating even more hazardous than normal. The accident on the Cumberland was one of the reasons several local organizations teamed up to stress the importance of water safety. Ingram Barge Co., the Music City Power Squadron, the Propeller Club and the Sea Scouts will promote recreational boating safety at the Jan. 9-13 Nashville Boat and Sportshow at Nashville Convention Center.

"We are encouraging children and adults to come to us, talk to us, and sign up for the safe-boating classes we teach,' said Bruce MacDonald, executive officer of the Music City Power Squadron.
Classes have benefits. By completing the class, most boaters can get reduced insurance premiums. They'll also learn more about the type of craft best suited for the kind of water they will be in and the basic equipment that should be on board.Tennessee is one of several states that require all recreational boaters born after January 1989 to complete the state-regulated exam.  Safety devices on boats are more advanced than ever. Yet there are more accidents today on the water because of the increase in activity, MacDonald said. "There are more and more recreational boaters out there,' MacDonald said. "More so nowadays with the personal watercraft, the Sea-Doos and jet skis. They are the ones with the young people and the ones having the most accidents."

Personal watercraft is one of the reasons representatives from Ingram Barge Co. got involved. Ingram Barge operates several towboats on the Cumberland.  "People have no idea just how powerful those towboats are in terms of the propeller wash,' MacDonald said. "They cannot stop on a dime. Getting in front of one is like getting in front of a locomotive."

Posted on 01/13/2008 11:46 AM by Barry
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