Upcoming 2013 National Safe Boating Week Serves as a Reminder to Take a Florida Boating Safety Course

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Warmer weather and the upcoming 2013 National Safe Boating Week signal it's time to take an official Florida boating safety course.

National Safe Boating Week is set for May 18-24, 2013, and Kalkomey Enterprises, Inc. is reminding boaters of how important it is to become familiar with Florida’s safety guidelines. In 2011, boating accidents in Florida increased by almost 13 percent from the year before – underscoring the need for easier access to Florida boating safety courses and other educational materials.

“We monitor the boating industry year round and with warmer weather comes the increased potential for boating accidents. Education and awareness are key factors in preventing accidents. The purpose of any boating safety course or training material is to prepare boaters for a variety of scenarios in and out of the water,” said Kurt Kalkomey, president of Kalkomey Enterprises, Inc.

Florida boating safety courses are available year round, however, spikes in course registrants are typically observed in early spring and summer. Florida law requires that anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, must complete a boater education course before operating a motorboat of 10 horsepower or more. Safety officials encourage everyone to complete a course, regardless of age, before hitting the water. To take an official Florida boating safety course, visit http://www.boat-ed.com/florida/.

Most recent national data from the U.S. Coast Guard details 4,588 accidents in 2011, including 758 fatalities and 3,081 injuries. The majority of these accidents occurred from May to September, with 77 percent of the reportable incidents for the year. In Florida, there were 685 boating accidents in 2011, resulting in 61 deaths and 422 injuries.

From a national perspective, not wearing a life jacket was reported as a factor in more than 80 percent of victims who drowned in 2011. The National Council for Safe Boating is among several organizations leading initiatives to promote boating safety education and reduce boating accidents. During National Safe Boating Week, coordinators will host events across the country. One of the highlights of the week is “Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day.” The purpose of the campaign is to remind boaters about basic safety measures. For more information about Safe Boating Week, visit http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com.

In Florida, all vessels must be equipped with U.S. Coast Guard–approved life jackets. The quantity and type depend on the length of the boat and the number of people on board. In addition, each life jacket must be readily accessible, though safety experts recommend that everyone wear their life jacket whenever they are on the water. The online boating safety course offered at boat-ed.com/florida provides more details about life jacket requirements.

In addition to online boating safety courses, Boat Ed®, a branch of Kalkomey Enterprises, Inc., also offers The Florida Boater's Guide - A Handbook of Boating Laws and Responsibilities. This official boating e-book covers boating laws and safety information for Florida. The Florida Boater's Guide - A Handbook of Boating Laws and Responsibilities is available at http://bookstore.kalkomey.com/collections/boating/products/handbook-florida-boating-laws-responsibilities.

About Kalkomey
Kalkomey, parent company of Boat Ed® and boat-ed.com, is an official provider of recreational safety education products for all 50 states. An American company based in Dallas, Texas, Kalkomey produces print and Internet courses that have provided official safety certification since 1995. Kalkomey offers safety courses in boating, hunting, bowhunting, safe handgun use, and off-road vehicle and snowmobile operation. For more information, visit http://www.kalkomey.com.

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