Posted by: seakayaking on Feb-06-13 4:05 PM (EST)
when I first started paddling , I also took the power squadron boater safety course . It was GREAT , intro's first , an why yer here , Me being the only yaker , I said I was there to find out what YOU guys the powerboaters do . So I raised a point that a lot of the boaters and the squadron leader were unaware of , like power boaters perceptions of yakers , and how they scare the shit out of most , but don't think they are . Comin up on yakers at full tilt , rules of the waterways , what the buoys mean , an such , it was worth the days time and the 20$ .
and maybe I helped raise some awareness about how the yakers see the power boaters .
THere were 2 dudes there that , "I don't know why I'm here , cept the coast guard made me , I ran my Donzi onto a breakwall , but I didn't see it , it wasn't marked , so I don't know why they made me take this course !"---excessive speed , no control over your boat , failure to see and avoid a collision , just to name a few . But then , I figured there'd be an idiot or two ,after my hunter safety course in which 2 full grown adults wanted to know why it was illegal to take a semi auto rifle while turkey hunting , then he wanted to bring his glock w/16 shots !
Take the course you'll find out how scary the power boater s are .