Re: Large Vessels & PFD's
Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET)
Wed, 6 Jul 1994 07:46:00 MST
Guess what, they are called Life Jackets again (PFD's is already on it's
way out!). If you do not have, get a copy of the BSA's Safety Afloat and
be sure you follow that plan. That is what BSA requires.
I would stress wearing of life jackets most of the time. For certain this
would include periods when the boat was under power. Times when I would
not require life jackets is when we were "docked" (tied up on shore for
land exploration). Sleeping with a life jacket would be limited to sleep
walkers! (Sorry, I could not resist after our recent discussion.)
Do not let anyone claim swimming ability as an excusss not to wear a life
jacket. How well you can swim is little help if you are injured when thrown
or when you fall from the boat. Most people are unaware of the impact of
the colder lake water tempuratures have upon one's ability to swim.
Last be sure the adults set the example. Just because your an adult does
not mean you will not drown when you find yourself overboard. As an
example a true story from a co-worker. (yes they were drinking a bit) He
was out with some friends and one of them fell over. He did not have a
life jacket on and did not know how to swim. By the time the got the boat
turned around and back to the spot he fell out, he was GONE!
The house boat may be a bigger boat than a canoe, but I see more oportunity
for horse play and potential accidents. A buddy system would be escential
for this type of trip.
Chris Haggerty, District Advancement Chairman,
Cochise District, Catalina Council, Sierra Vista, Arizona
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