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WE ARE WAVES OF HOPE

We’re forever-changed families impacted by boating and open water tragedies. We want to share our stories to educate others about boating and water safety, so our stories never become another family’s story.

PREVENTABLE DEATHS

In most cases, these are 100% preventable deaths.

The majority of drownings happen in open water. Nearly 650 people die each year during recreational boating activities.

ONE WAVE AT A TIME

We are committed to preventing boating and water tragedies so our stories don’t become your story.

BECAUSE WE CARE

With support from the U.S. Coast Guard and National Safe Boating Council, we are forever-changed families impacted by a boating or water tragedy. By educating all who enjoy the water, we can save lives and prevent our story from becoming your story.

WE CAN SAVE LIVES

We are the “why” behind the “what” of boating and water safety. That one moment that changed our families forever could have been prevented. A life jacket. A propeller guard. An aware boat operator. An engine cut-off device.

GET THE FACTS

Just one moment can change your life.

76% 

76% of boating deaths due to drowning

84.5% 

84.5% of victims NOT wearing a life jacket

81% 

81% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had no boating safety instruction

19% 

 19% of deaths where the primary cause was alcohol as the leading factor

2/3

Two-thirds of drowning victims are good swimmers

31

31 lives were lost due to propeller strike

172

172 accidents with at least one person struck by a propeller

1 in 3

1 in 3 of all boating injuries occurred in boat operators over the age of 35

OUR STORIES

It’s a tough read, but so worth it. Each family believed that drowning was something that happened to other people. Then suddenly, without warning, we became “other people.” It happens every day. To good families. To protective families. To normal families. Families like ours. Families like yours. That one moment that changed our families forever could have been prevented. A life jacket. A propeller guard. An aware boat operator. An engine cut-off device. Learn from these stories and stay safe on the water.

 

Join us in working together to prevent boating and water tragedies.

#onewaveatatime