• Boating Safety Has Improved Nationally Says Water Sports Foundation, Resulting in Fewer Incidents and Fatalities
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    Boating Safety Has Improved Nationally Says Water Sports Foundation, Resulting in Fewer Incidents and Fatalities

    U.S. Coast Guard reports boating safety figure improvements in 2021 despite historic growth in new boat ownership. WSF credits increased safety course enrollment. ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Coast Guard’s latest 2021 Recreational Boating Statistics Report revealed boating safety improved with a 15.4% drop in the fatality rate per 100,000 registered vessels since 2020 while incidents decreased by 15.7% to 4,439; total fatalities decreased by 14.2% to 658; and total injuries decreased by 17.2% to 2,641. (Photo Credit: The Water Sports Foundation) The Water Sports Foundation indicated boating safety has improved nationally, resulting in fewer incidents and fatalities. It credits increases in enrollment in boater safety courses.…

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    New COVID-19 safety guidance released after multi-county outbreak linked to high school wrestling tournaments > Washington State Department of Health

    For immediate release: December 17, 2021   (21-250)Spanish Contact: DOH Communications Public inquiries: State COVID-19 Information Hotline, 1-800-525-0127 New COVID-19 safety guidance released after multi-county outbreak linked to high school wrestling tournaments OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health (DOH), is updating the health and safety requirements for high contact indoor sports in the wake of a multi-school, multi-county outbreak. The outbreaks are linked to a series of wrestling tournaments held in early December and are linked to an estimated 200 COVID-19 cases. Genomic sequencing recently confirmed at least three cases are omicron. DOH takes these outbreaks very seriously and is changing the existing guidance by adding the following health and safety…

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    Water Sports Foundation inaugural safety outreach exceeds expectations

    A national public relations campaign by the nonprofit Water Sports Foundation has far exceeded preliminary expectations, generating more than 600 million positive boating safety media impressions over a five-month period, from April – August 2021. Designed as a proof-of-concept project funded by a modest nonprofit grant of $89,000 from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Water Sports Foundation’s PR campaign delivered a whopping 490 news stories promoting boating safety and 601,140,419 earned media impressions —nearly 10 times its initial goal of 65 million. The campaign’s widespread coverage included media appearances and interviews on television stations including two live segments on The Weather Channel on the Fourth of July, along with dozens…

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    Simple Safety Tips For Water Sports Enthusiasts

    Bodies of water like lakes, rivers and oceans often elicit fond memories of fun times spent under the sun. Safety should always be a priority when spending time on the water, especially when participating in water sports, including swimming and water skiing. According to the World Health Organization, more than 40 people die by drowning every hour of every day, which equates to around 372,000 deaths each year. Many of those deaths, the vast majority of which occur in low- or middle-income countries, are preventable, and safety is at the core of drowning prevention. Though drowning incidents are not as prevalent in the United States and Canada as they are…

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