Originally Posted by sarahscottiedog
WOW great RNLI statistics !
Power / pleasure craft 24% of casualties
Commercial / MOD 2%
Seen LOTs of comments and posts on here about "cowboy" operators, but statistic clearly show having the qualifications means they are ten tinme less likely to need the RNLI !
IMO the sooner the legal requirements from trainig and qualifications the better !
SO here starts another discussion........................................ ......
No, they don't.
Commercial operators have many more restrictions placed on them than leisure craft, in terms of area of operations, wind strength, sea state they are allowed to operate in. Their boats are generally built or equipped to much higher standards than leisure boats. They are inspected regularly and defects have to be fixed before they are allowed to continue. They operate in familiar waters. This regime has as much effect on safety as the skippers ticket. Overall, these requirements are expensive and restrictive and would be onerous for the average leisure owner.
There are more call outs to leisure craft because there are very many more leisure craft around at sea than there are commercial craft. A better measure of accident statistics would be to compare the number of leisure craft accidents to the number of leisure craft in use. I think you will find that the leisure craft are not anywhere near to ten times more likely to have an accident than commercial craft.
A while ago, the RYA compared leisure boat accident rates form various countries, most of which had compulsory 'driving' tests for skippers. The results showed a much higher accident rate in those countries with these tests than in the UK, where education is the preferred way.
The reason for this is that, in order for the tests to be acceptable, they have to be very simple. Once passed, there is no incentive to learn any more, as one is 'legal'. In a compulsory state organised scheme, few if any skippers would bother with further education. How many drivers, for instance, bother to do an advanced driving course and test? A very small percentage, I'll warrant.
The voluntary RYA schemes start simply, but at each stage, the student is made aware that there is still much to learn, and there is a way to get that knowledge.
Insurance companies have a part to play, and do, in persuading skippers to gain some sort of training and qualification, by severely penalising those without with much higher premiums.
Legislation is not the way forward.