There's a lot of water in Tennessee...which means there are also a lot of boats. We'll head out to Old Hickory Lake in Middle Tennessee to see the best ways to stay safe on the water.
With over 700 thousand acres of surface water, 17 thousand miles of navigable waterway, and 32 major reservoirs, there’s plenty of places in Tennessee to go have some fun on the water. But when you add more than 260 thousand registered boats to all that water, the odds of getting in an accident go up. That’s why the TWRA and others are working hard to keep us all safe on the water. Wild Side Guide Eve Annunziato teams up with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary on Old Hickory Lake in Middle Tennessee for a refresher course in boat safety.
Of course the best thing you can do is wear a life jacket. Life jackets are true life savers, but they won’t work if you don’t wear them. In 80% of all boating accidents where someone drowned, that person was not wearing a life jacket. In Tennessee, children 12 years old and under are required by law to ALWAYS wear a lifejacket when they’re in a boat. So have fun on the water…but be safe.
If you like to boat but have never taken a safety course, don’t be afraid to sign up…you can find out how by visiting the TWRA’s website. Ninety-five percent of boaters involved in an accident have never taken a boating safety class, so clearly, education is one of the best deterrents. And if you are us pressed for time, there’s even an online course so you can learn from right at home.
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