The US Coast Guard released their 2023 boater safety stats this week. While fatalities are down, alcohol and boater inexperience remain big factors in water deaths and injuries.

The bottom line: the ocean and the river near you are not a carefully controlled water park designed for fun times.

Out on the water is the real deal, a place where Mother Nature makes the rules, and you need to learn, pay attention, and boost your chances of survival by being prepared.

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