Originally Posted by Max...
Polwart, I always enjoy your posts but that is totally irrelevant and a daft comparison!
It was your irrelevant and daft comparison!
If as SPR suggested we only used our cars at weekends in good weather with much lower traffic densities, and generally lower speeds then road casualty rates would fall substantially - and the 'need' for complicated training and testing would fall too (indeed the driving test has become progressively more complicated over the last 80 yrs or so as these factors have increased - although it still generally ignores all the high risk factors SPR mentions: most centres do very little on country roads, tests are never in darkness or very bad weather, and not on motorways!). Interestingly road deaths aren't significantly lower now than they were before the driving test was introduced (although obviously the number of cars is much higher) even though cars are safer.
Looking at RoSPA's stats - it seems more people drown in their cars than from powerboating or sailing each year.
More people die each year rock climbing than powerboating; and more people die in the mountains (from all climbing, walking activities) than at sea (from all watersports) despite roughly similar levels of participation... perhaps we should get a certificate to walk up the hills too!
I can't find any stats comparing casualty rates in countries with mandatory minimum qualifications for leisure boaters and those without but with only around 7 leisure powerboat fatalities per annum in the UK I find it hard to believe that compulsory training would actually reduce this. I've no idea what proportion of UK boaters have voluntarily been trained (PB2 is the RYA's most popular course) but it seems the current system works?