Once Burned

In the world of recreational boating safety (RBS), boating safety professionals talk about training, education, outreach, and enforcement in the hopes of changing boaters’ behaviors in order to prevent deaths and serious injuries from recreational boating accidents. The key is to develop a workable strategy that will actually have enough impact to positively change a boater’s behavior. While some people argue that some human behaviors are instinctual, most behaviors are a result of learning. Consider this case: A young child sees a candle burning and thinks the flame is pretty, so he reaches out to touch it, quickly discovering that the flame is hot and burns. As a result, the desire to touch the flame is extinguished, and the child modifies his behavior to reduce the risk of further injury. This sort of cause and effect is evident in recreational boating. The problem is, while the child in the example has the opportunity to learn from his mistake, errors in boating often lead to serious, life-altering injury or even death. Therefore, learning safe boating behaviors must be relegated to learning as an act of prevention as opposed to learning by trial and error.


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  • Accession Number: 01633219
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 28 2017 10:40AM