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Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning <READ THIS PLEASE!>

Sbrown

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My kids wear and their friends wear lifejackets any time they're in water over chest deep. The only exception I've ever made to this rule was when we were in Bimini, you couldn't sink if you wanted to there. I am a certified water rescue and recovery technician and public safety diver; I've pulled far too many bodies off the bottom that were there mainly because they were too "cool" (or ignorant of the dangers) to wear a lifejacket. Drowning can happen in the blink of an eye and once your loved one slips into the depths, good luck finding them in time to save them.
 

JimmyB

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242 Limited S E-Series
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Agreed. We boat mostly at Lake Cumberland with avg depth of 75’ with visibility only about 6’. Kids 100% vests when underway or swimming. Adults strongly encouraged to wear vests or belt when we are swimming - if for no other reason than it’s easier to hold a drink when not treading water. Plus rather be safe than sorry. Got an anchor rope around my leg once in the water and the only thing that saved me was my vest and ability to grab the boat. No one knew and I was less than 5 feet from everyone. Stuff can happen fast.

Rule number 1 on my boat - no one gets hurt.
Rule number 2 - everyone has fun.

Stay safe everybody!
 

Bennie

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Got an anchor rope around my leg once in the water and the only thing that saved me was my vest and ability to grab the boat. No one knew and I was less than 5 feet from everyone.
And that's how quickly it can happen.

When we have younger children, or non swimmers on board they wear PFDs while underway as well. However for my son, his friends, and momma & I we just use pool floats or noodles to ease in the swim/drink/eat activities.

Pool floats are cheap and easy to store. I tie up our floating line to our rear cleats and then secure the line through the handles on the floats. Good times.....
I miss summer :(
 

tdonoughue

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Getting warmer here in Texas. Want to take out the boat. So I went and re-read this first post here. Maybe you should, too?
 

mattbaker

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Ahh! Finally something worth reading! Thanks for sharing!
 

jryan

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Agreed, I sent this to all my boating friends and parents with pools. Hard to read but an eye opener for sure.
 

pmustico

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Read this. I have exciting it myself. Be ready. Be knowledgeable. Don't be Weekender.
 

Vandkyle

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I just bought my boat late last fall, and this upcoming season (live in Michigan) will be my first full season on the water. Very informative read! I will come back to this article to refresh the good-ole memory often!
 

WREKS

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Thank you for the post @tdonoughue ! We are going out tomorrow. I already feel much better prepared>
 
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