101 Days of Summer: Think safety when it comes to water sports

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  • By Steve Serrette
  • 72nd Air Base Wing Safety Office
Sports and recreational activities account for the largest number of reported off-duty Class C injuries which resulted in lost duty time.

Although basketball remains the sport resulting in the majority of injuries; summer activities bring risks in many other sports. This article focuses on water sports: boating, swimming or jet skiing. As in everything we do, the principles of risk management always apply and may be the key to saving a life.

The U.S. Coast Guard reports that boating fatalities jumped 12.8 percent in 2011 and are now at the highest level since 1998, according their report


As in all water sports, much of the danger comes from drowning accidents. The top three factors are: lack of swimming ability, lack of barriers and lack of close supervision; all of which are manageable risks.

Listed below are resources for boating and other water activities:
· http://www.uscgboating.org
· http://www.cdc.gov/ HomeandRecreational Safety/Water-Safety/waterinjuriesfactsheet.html   
· http://www.cdc.gov/Features/drowningprevention