BoatBeat was launched last week as an “online hub for the media, boating educators, boating accident reporters and law enforcement officials,” according to its organizers. The website is a collaboration with the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), and the U.S. Coast Guard.
“It is unique in the depth of information provided all in one place and in its ease of use,” said NSBC Executive Director Rachel Johnson, in a statement. "BoatBeat is the first collaborative effort within the boating community to provide access to a wealth of boating safety information to better equip the media to more effectively report safe boating messages and the public to responsibly and safely enjoy this favorite pastime." Johnson said the site would have constant updates.
BoatBeat was designed to easily search boating safety fact sheets, accident response case studies, events and training opportunities, and latest alerts. Media assets include a photo library, infographics, social media tips and videos.
"When boaters are provided with greater detail and offered an understanding of why they should adopt safer boating practices as demonstrated through real-life examples, these practices will become second nature to them," said John Johnson, NASBLA's executive director and CEO. "For example, a case study about drowning may highlight a missed opportunity to talk about the lifesaving importance of wearing a life jacket at all times while boating, and a case study about carbon monoxide poisoning will offer practical, easy solutions to prevent this from happening to other boaters."
BoatBeat.org is produced under a grant from the Sports Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which is administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.