The Coast Guard has undertaken research to identify educational alternatives in its long term efforts to improve the safety of recreational boating. Other organizations involved in boating safety education may find the illustrative approaches valuable in designing their boating safety education efforts. This report consists of three major parts. Part One is background research covering an assessment of materials from the areas of boating education and education in comparable recreational areas. Research was also conducted to review educational and mass media methods suitable for conducting boating educational programs. Output from this research (when combined with boat accident cause analyses) provided information for planning and conducting a boater educational program. Part Two is the presentation of a prototype educational program utilizing mass media, formal boating courses, Coast Guard visitations, and home study methods. The program is directed to reducing collision and loading related accidents (and fatalities). A video tape supplement to this report was produced to present the prototype program in the perspective of an actual educational effort. Part Three is the report of two evaluations of mass media type messages using experimentation methods. One experiment concerned testing of three levels of participatory response on the part of viewers of a specially prepared television public service announcement for boater education.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Wyle Laboratories

    128 Maryland Street
    El Segundo, CA  United States  90245

    United States Coast Guard

    2100 Second Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20593
  • Authors:
    • Sager, E
    • Hayes, B
    • Berman, J
  • Publication Date: 1978-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 342 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00198171
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MSR-78-08, USCG-D-53-78, Final Report
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-CG-40672-A
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1979 12:00AM