Designate a Sober Skipper and Watch the Fireworks Fly

Designate a Sober Skipper and Watch the Fireworks Fly

One of the biggest boating holidays of the season is upon us and, for many of us, there’s nothing we want more than an enjoyable day out on our favorite waterways; but in order to do that, we as boaters have a responsibility to do our part to keep our passengers and fellow boaters safe. That’s why we’re urging boaters everywhere to designate a Sober Skipper this Independence Day.

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Today, alcohol is the leading cause of fatal boating accidents. On a boat, wind, vibration, noise, and the sun can impair balance, coordination, concentration, and these effects are only intensified when drinking alcohol.

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So, if you are the skipper, stay alert and stay sober. Don’t drink alcohol. Do it for your family, your friends, your passengers and everyone else on the water. Boating Under the Influence (BUI) is totally preventable.

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The Sea Tow Foundation created the Sober Skipper program in 2015 to provide boaters with a positive and proactive approach to preventing BUI accidents and fatalities. The program asks boaters to take the pledge to be or to designate a sober skipper before every boating trip.

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The pledge notes that the boat operator will avoid alcohol and drug use when in charge of navigating the vessel and will be in charge of the boat and all of its passengers to ensure that everyone arrives safely back on the dock at the end of the day.

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Countless partners around the country have joined the Sea Tow Foundation in the effort to promote the Sober Skipper program. For example, when America’s Boating Club squadrons conduct vessel safety checks, they’ll ask boaters to sign up to take the pledge be a sober skipper and they often hand out Sober Skipper wristbands as reminders. And our friends at Freedom Boat Club ask members, “Who is the sober skipper?” when they check out a boat at clubs across the country.

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This July 4th, we’re thankful for all of our partners out there helping keep boaters safe on waters all over the country. After all, as boaters, when our hands are on the helm, lives are in our hands and it is up to all of us to keep everyone safe.

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Get on board and take the pledge today to be responsible for yourself, your vessel, and your passengers. By designating a Sober Skipper, you’re keeping yourself and your loved ones safe, which leads to more beautiful

Written by  Gail Kulp

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