But, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wants you to be safe on the water.
And, the biggest boating problem is the bottle.
“I would say about 70% of the accidents could probably be avoided if alcohol was not involved,” Herb Angell, Boating Law Administrator for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Angell doesn’t believe alcohol has a place anywhere on the boat, but especially not with the person operating the boat. If you have a blood alcohol content of 0.8 or higher, the state of Nebraska considers you drunk. While the operator needs to stay away from drinking, he also needs to pay attention to what he is doing. Angell worries that drinking passengers could become a distraction.
Paying attention is a key to operating a boat, just as it is in driving a car.
Unlike driving on dry land, boating involves the water.
Angell advises to make sure those on board have on life jackets, no matter how well they swim.
“I always like to mention Michael Phelps,” Angell says. “You know, he’s a great swimmer, holds all kinds of Olympic records. I can outswim him when he’s unconscious.”
As for the type of life jacket you should choose, Angell suggests you choose the jacket you will wear. He says with all the different type of life jackets on the market, there really is no excuse not to be wearing one while out on the boat.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]