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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Gofirstclass, Jan 7, 2019.
So very sorry for your loss. That is just so tragic.
AEO, our thoughts and prayers are with you and all who are involved.
We just assume we’re good swimmers, until it’s time to swim when there is nothing to grab on to ... Wearing some form of non intrusive water activated PFD at all times is the only real solution, but it has to be like putting a seatbelt on - force of habit ...
Sorry for your loss AEO.
Your advice is sound. I can’t swim a stroke and often wonder what would happen if I fell overboard.
I’m rarely away from the dock alone, but do wear a water activated PFD when I am or am on the deck or walk around in rough conditions.
Dude, learn to swim! Find a pool with cute swim instructors and have some fun! Your life may depend on it (and that is a great excuse for playing in the pool with some cuties)
As a retired Paramedic, I strongly urge everyone to review in their minds what preparedness you have in place for unforeseen disasters. CPR training? First aid kits stocked with more than just bandaids? Can your spouse handle the boat in case you are incapacitated? And the list goes on.... Coastys are not there to harass us, they are there to remind us of the dangers and the steps to mitigate them. They are also there in case the worst happens. I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard the words “I just didn’t know” or “I never imagined”. The boat is the one place I can take a breath and try to forget the damage 25 years of working an advanced life support truck has caused on my brain (and liver). I have had to use my skills and knowledge twice over the years in the marina outside of my job. I carry in my vehicles as well as my boat the necessary gear to perform CPR, control bleeding and control airway. Maybe I do go a little overboard with my preparedness but I refuse to feel helpless during the worst of times. I choose to give my fellow boaters or anyone the best possible chance for survival if the worst happens.
Sorry for the rant...
I think about it often, but wonder if it’s possible at 57 years old.
I’ve avoided it for so long I don’t know that I can learn at this point.