ERIC Number: ED463937
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul-31
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Best Practices in Boater Safety Education.
Graefe, Alan R.
Recreational boating education in the United States is offered through a system of government agencies and non-government organizations, including the boating industry. The "best practices" in boater safety education include means of ensuring the availability of education programs, ensuring the content and quality of the educational programs, getting more people to obtain the education, and finally, getting people to act on what they learn. The best practices include development of educational programs that are age-appropriate and suitable for boaters of all skill levels (including instructors); compliance with official boating education standards; and provision of boating courses through a variety of means, including traditional classes, self study, and online courses. Boater safety education programs in the United States are described. Commonly used specific practices include videos, practice examinations, provision of materials and equipment (such as loaner lifejackets for kids), mascots, incentives, and special events. There is a trend towards mandatory boater education, as more states are enacting laws requiring education for certain groups of boaters, usually younger boaters. At present, the best practices in boater education are defined primarily in terms of consensus of professional judgment or frequency of use. More research is needed to document the relationships between education/knowledge, boater attitudes and behavior, and the effectiveness of educational approaches. Nine Web sites are presented as resources. (Contains 30 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Accident Prevention, Agency Cooperation, Boat Operators, Distance Education, Educational Practices, National Organizations, Nonschool Educational Programs, Program Effectiveness, Recreation Legislation, Safety Education, Standards, State Programs
For full text: http://www.rbff.org/educational/BPE6.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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