Originally Posted by Rogue Wave
so just so I understand the collective thinking.....Just how many deaths a year are Ok in boating accidents?
Starting Bid seems to be 22 any advances?
Double that is fine if it's jetskiers round Poole
Seriously though, I think the problem with people and lifejackets is that they simply don't understand that if they go in fully clothed at speed they have very little chance without one-and unless they get into that situation they won't ever understand it. By then it's a bit too late.
If people actually fully understand the risk then fair enough-but it's akin to a situation that happened last year to Sixy.(posted with her kind permission)
She drives to work through a twisty road in a village that isn't gritted and when icy it's lethal. She came back and told me she'd slowed right down to 15mph on the corners because she could see ice on the road. I said that she was still going far too fast and a heated discussion ensued.
2 days later she was going round one of the bends at 15mph and the car went round 180 degrees on black ice. Luckily there wasn't anything coming-and it took that happening to bring home how slow you need to drive on ice.
The point is-you can't perceive the degree of risk or accurately assess it unless you've either experienced it first hand or seen the consequences first hand.
Experience is and always will be a far more powerful teaching tool than a load of pedantic old berks (myself included)on a forum ranting about safety.