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Between the Waves
An audio series to discuss topics important to today's water safety professionals.
Jun 23, 2021
This episode takes a look at how we employ the availability heuristic or in easier terms availability bias -- a mental shortcut we use based on a much more powerful and vivid, or immediately available example, stories or experiences to judge the imaginability or the probability of something happening to us, or others, rather than what the data bears out.
Apr 27, 2021
A discussion about the National Water Safety Action Plan and the Working Group on Life Jackets/PFDs/and other Floatation Devices. Find more details at www.watersafetyusa.org/nwsap
Mar 16, 2021
Golden Nuggets of the National Defense Bill of 2021
On this episode we discuss some of the hidden gems of HR 6395, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 Act, that have a direct impact on the recreational boating safety.
Jan 26, 2021
Oxygen - The Wonder Drug
Oxygen - The Wonder Drug
Dec 2, 2020
Neuroplasticity of the Brain and Boating
The episode explores the neuroplasticity of the human brain and why the boating environment creates a beginner's gauntlet to become a safe and successful boater.
Oct 5, 2020
Swimming Lessons A Cornerstone of R3
As many in the recreational boating and outdoor communities initiate their "R3" programs, hoping to recruit, retain and reactivate boaters and outdoor enthusiast, is the need for swimming lessons being addressed? Do swim lessons address a foundational barrier to boating and other outdoor activities?
Sep 15, 2020
Seatbelts and Airbags...Why not?
In 2019, the United States Coast Guard indicated in its annual statistics report that the most likely injury to be sustained by an accident victim was lacerations with over 593 occupants receiving one followed closely behind by broken bones at 472. Most lacerations occur on the head or the legs. In this episode we will explore the topics of seatbelts, and airbags, and their potential use in the marine environment.
Aug 26, 2020
When Good Intentions Create Bad Outcomes
Every year, the recreational boating market is flooded with the newest ideas and innovations in technology, which oftentimes may not have gone through the rigorous testing cycle that the consumer expected. Consumers often believe that if a product is available on the shelves, or brought to the market, that is must be reasonably safe. This episode discusses a number of items that have the recreational boating community perplexed, as well as tapping into a national approach that may be needed to help alleviate some of these issues.
Aug 3, 2020
HR 3409 USCG Reauthorization Act of 2020
Quick Note on HR 3409 USCG Reauthorization Act of 2020
Jun 12, 2020
While the world continues to address the global pandemic of COVID-19 one small piece of safety equipment is getting a lot of attention. The face mask and its recommended use by the Centers for Disease Control has become a perfect testbed for us to study in how to address life jacket and engine cut-off switch wear. Many correlations can be drawn and we should do our part to recognize those correlations and use them to advance our efforts.
Jun 5, 2020
In this final episode of the series, Alex Otte shares one of the key findings from the Boating Under the Influence Report and Dashboard. Research shows that the compounding risk of alcohol consumption in an on-water environment indicates that a person is more impaired on a boat than they would be on land with the same amount of alcohol in the same amount of time. The increased risk is present for everyone on a vessel, regardless of what their role is. People who are willing to engage in one type of risky behavior are more likely to engage in other types of risk behavior, too. Individuals who partake in alcohol consumption in an aquatic setting are statistically less likely to wear life jackets, and more likely to swim alone or in unsupervised areas. The relative risk of death is similar for operators and passengers and increases for both groups as BAC increases.
May 29, 2020
Buzzed Boating is Drunk Boating
In this fourth episode of the series, Alex Otte shares one of the key findings from the Boating Under the Influence Report and Dashboard. The expectation carried by much of the public is that as long as a person stays below the legal limit, 0.08 percent, that there are not at risk of impairment. Although there have been many studies to indicate the falsehood in that idea, claiming that impairment can occur at any blood alcohol content level upon a departure from 0.0 percent, this is of particular interest to the boating community. Given the compounding environmental stressors of an on-water setting, to include sun, heat, wind and the motion of the vessel, impairment can occur at a much lower blood alcohol concentration. Because low BAC’s present greatly increasing relative risk in an on-water situation, alcohol use may actually be more hazardous on a boat than in other settings
May 22, 2020
Male Drinking and Drowning
In this third episode of the series, Alex Otte shares one of the key findings from the Boating Under the Influence Report and Dashboard. This finding addresses the research pertaining to the prevalence of alcohol-involved drownings, specifically within the adult male population. In 2011, two-thirds of reported drowning deaths occurred in people aged 15 and over. Almost 50 percent of all drownings that year occurred in males older than 15. The higher rates of male exposure to aquatic environments is compounded by high risk behaviors such as swimming alone, not wearing a personal flotation devices (PFD) when boating or swimming, and alcohol consumption. Excessive alcohol usage is likely to contribute to poor risk assessment and decision-making in recreational aquatic activity.
May 20, 2020
Alex Otte’s Story
In this introduction to the series, Alex Otte recounts the events that led her to develop a passion for boating under the influence enforcement and prevention. When Otte was 13 years old, she was sitting on a jet ski behind her father’s house on Lake Herrington in Danville, Kentucky, when she was struck by a bass boat at a high rate of speed. It was quickly discovered that the operator of that vessel and his passenger were under the influence of alcohol. Otte was airlifted to the hospital where she remained in critical condition. The offender was given a small fine.
May 15, 2020
Inadequate Reporting of Alcohol Involvement
In this second episode of the series, Alex Otte shares one of the key findings from the Boating Under the Influence Report and Dashboard. A gap identified in the research is that of consistent alcohol testing in boating incidents and full reporting on these incidents. The proportion of recreational boating accidents that are alcohol related needs to be statistically determined, and inadequate reporting leaves researchers with an unclear picture of widespread impairment on our nation’s waterways.
May 8, 2020
Alcohol Consumption and Risk to Boating Passengers
In this first episode of the series, Alex Otte shares one of the key findings from the Boating Under the Influence Report and Dashboard. Research on boating under the influence clearly demonstrates that alcohol use by boat passengers presents danger regardless of the activity of the operator. Countermeasures to reduce alcohol consumption by all occupants of the boat, consistent with the mission of the Operation Dry Water campaign, are more likely to be effective in reducing boating fatalities. While sober car drivers may greatly reduce the risks to their passengers, the same is not true on the water. The finding that people are more likely to drink on the water than when driving a car also suggests that there is a need to develop improved strategies to reduce drinking on the water.
Apr 28, 2020
The Ideal Summer Body
What is a summer body anyway? Cody Jones discusses "Graham" an ideal crash-proof human.
Mar 30, 2020
COVID-19: Social Distancing & the Impact on our Waterways
Boating season seems to be starting earlier. We're sure to see increases in calls for service. How will COVID-19 impact our work and our waterways?
Mar 9, 2020
Alternative Lighting on Paddlecraft
Exploring ideas for alternative lighting on paddlecraft
Mar 5, 2020
The Little Roadside Memorial
Creating change through subconscious clues like roadside crash memorials.