No, no, no.
Boating, which includes, canoeing, ribbing, sibbing, sailing, rowing, etc. is about fun and freedom. Yes, of course with this comes responsibility.
Making boat registration and handling courses compulsory will have the following effects:
Getting into boating will be MUCH more expensive
Fewer people will take up boating
There will be a huge increase in bureaucracy
Boating will become an even more 'elite' pastime
Other things such as compulsory equipment would soon follow
Danger and adventure will be legislated away
Compulsory and expensive insurance
Slipway owners will charge much more
Making boat registration and handling courses compulsory will NOT
have the following effects:
Stupid and ignorant boat owners will change
There will be no accidents
You can bet your bottom dollar that adventurers like Alan Priddy would not be allowed to continue.
Believe me COMPULSION is a waypoint we DON'T want on our chart.
Keith (too many regulations in life as it is) Hart