TroutSupport.com wrote:Somehow I will start working on this, maybe I can get watson, dandy, and shoffer to help?
Hey, Tobin. I personally don't have a problem with the State requiring a kayaker education class, but I don't think I am the one to be part of the movement. I lean libertarian like many on this board, and tend to eschew governmental regulation (even though I feed my family because of it
Here's the dude's obituary: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituar ... os-8271106
Now, when the state mandates driver/boater/hunter education course as a prerequisite to the issuance of a license, I can get behind that, since I readily see the need for it. After all, the chances of hurting or killing other members of the public are much greater with an uneducated driver/boater/marksman behind the wheel/throttle/trigger. But an uneducated kayaker is a danger pretty much only to himself/herself (and the costs of Coast Guard/local authorities in event of rescue or recovery missions). Even with driver/boater/hunter education, there are accidents and deaths, notwithstanding the education. I hate to be pessimistic, but when someone decides to run their maiden voyage in a kayak in 30 mph winds in one of the choppiest bodies of water around here without a PFD, that is their choice - albeit a very, very bad one, as the results demonstrate. I doubt kayaker education would have resulted in this poor gentlemen making a different choice, given the apparent evidence that his friend warned him about wearing a PFD. But maybe I am just being too judgmental, which is always possible. All I do know is that I want to catch fish, but I want to do it in conditions that result in as little exertion and danger as possible. If its too windy/choppy, I will find something else to do that day. As many have said, there is no fish worth dying for.
Like others have said, I love having my PFD on but truthfully, safety is the secondary reason. My main use for it is to hold my VHF, hook sharpener, braid scissors and have the close and readily available.