NASBLA's podcast, Between the Waves, is now available on iTunes and Google Play! Between the Waves serves as an additional opportunity for our members and the public to hear about what is going on in the world of recreational boating safety and to discuss topics that are important to today's water safety professionals.

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An audio series to discuss topics important to today's water safety professionals.
  • Oxygen - The Wonder Drug
    Oxygen - The Wonder Drug
  • Neuroplasticity of the Brain and Boating
    The episode explores the neuroplasticity of the human brain and why the boating environment creates a beginner's gauntlet to become a safe and successful boater.
  • Swimming Lessons A Cornerstone of R3
    As many in the recreational boating and outdoor communities initiate their "R3" programs, hoping to recruit, retain and reactivate boaters and outdoor enthusiast, is the need for swimming lessons being addressed? Do swim lessons address a foundational barrier to boating and other outdoor activities?
  • Seatbelts and Airbags...Why not?
    In 2019, the United States Coast Guard indicated in its annual statistics report that the most likely injury to be sustained by an accident victim was lacerations with over 593 occupants receiving one followed closely behind by broken bones at 472. Most lacerations occur on the head or the legs. In this episode we will explore the topics of seatbelts, and airbags, and their potential use in the marine environment.
  • When Good Intentions Create Bad Outcomes
    Every year, the recreational boating market is flooded with the newest ideas and innovations in technology, which oftentimes may not have gone through the rigorous testing cycle that the consumer expected. Consumers often believe that if a product is available on the shelves, or brought to the market, that is must be reasonably safe. This episode discusses a number of items that have the recreational boating community perplexed, as well as tapping into a national approach that may be needed to help alleviate some of these issues.
  • HR 3409 USCG Reauthorization Act of 2020
    Quick Note on HR 3409 USCG Reauthorization Act of 2020
  • Wear It
    While the world continues to address the global pandemic of COVID-19 one small piece of safety equipment is getting a lot of attention. The face mask and its recommended use by the Centers for Disease Control has become a perfect testbed for us to study in how to address life jacket and engine cut-off switch wear. Many correlations can be drawn and we should do our part to recognize those correlations and use them to advance our efforts.
  • Compounding Risk
    In this final episode of the series, Alex Otte shares one of the key findings from the Boating Under the Influence Report and Dashboard. Research shows that the compounding risk of alcohol consumption in an on-water environment indicates that a person is more impaired on a boat than they would be on land with the same amount of alcohol in the same amount of time. The increased risk is present for everyone on a vessel, regardless of what their role is. People who are willing to engage in one type of risky behavior are more likely to engage in other types of risk behavior, too. Individuals who partake in alcohol consumption in an aquatic setting are statistically less likely to wear life jackets, and more likely to swim alone or in unsupervised areas. The relative risk of death is similar for operators and passengers and increases for both groups as BAC increases.
  • Buzzed Boating is Drunk Boating
    In this fourth episode of the series, Alex Otte shares one of the key findings from the Boating Under the Influence Report and Dashboard. The expectation carried by much of the public is that as long as a person stays below the legal limit, 0.08 percent, that there are not at risk of impairment. Although there have been many studies to indicate the falsehood in that idea, claiming that impairment can occur at any blood alcohol content level upon a departure from 0.0 percent, this is of particular interest to the boating community. Given the compounding environmental stressors of an on-water setting, to include sun, heat, wind and the motion of the vessel, impairment can occur at a much lower blood alcohol concentration. Because low BAC’s present greatly increasing relative risk in an on-water situation, alcohol use may actually be more hazardous on a boat than in other settings
  • Male Drinking and Drowning
    In this third episode of the series, Alex Otte shares one of the key findings from the Boating Under the Influence Report and Dashboard. This finding addresses the research pertaining to the prevalence of alcohol-involved drownings, specifically within the adult male population. In 2011, two-thirds of reported drowning deaths occurred in people aged 15 and over. Almost 50 percent of all drownings that year occurred in males older than 15. The higher rates of male exposure to aquatic environments is compounded by high risk behaviors such as swimming alone, not wearing a personal flotation devices (PFD) when boating or swimming, and alcohol consumption. Excessive alcohol usage is likely to contribute to poor risk assessment and decision-making in recreational aquatic activity.