Boating Emergencies—What To Do
In the Boating Emergencies section, students learned the importance of practicing risk management while boating. Four of the most important risk management factors to understand are the effects of boating stressors; how dehydration occurs and how to recognize and prevent it; the increased effects of alcohol on the water; and, how to properly size a PFD for a wearer and check a PFD's condition. Boaters should know how to avoid collisions and be able to take the proper safety actions if a vessel capsizes, is swamped,
or runs aground. Students also learned how to respond properly to a fire emergency, how to recognize and treat hypothermia, and how to prevent and be able to recognize the symptoms of carbon monoxide
poisoning. All boaters should be able to obtain weather forecasts and recognize weather warnings and
know what to do if caught in severe weather.