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ODNR Boating Safety Week May 16th to 23rd

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COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft is again joining with boating agencies and organizations across the nation in an annual effort to raise awareness of boater safety programs.

During National Safe Boating Week, which runs May 16-22, the ODNR Division of Watercraft will underscore the importance of properly wearing a life jacket while boating and promote various other boating safety initiatives. Proper and consistent use of life jackets remains the best way to increase safety while on the water. Ohio law requires life jackets be worn while riding a personal watercraft, while waterskiing or being towed by a similar device and for children less than 10 years old on any vessel less than 18 feet in length.

The National Safe Boating Council, which sponsors the observance of National Safe Boating Week, reports that approximately 90 percent of all boating-related fatalities resulted from drowning and that 70 percent of the drowning victims were not wearing life jackets when incidents occurred.

Here are some of the boating safety awareness programs that will be offered during National Safe Boating Week:

“Wear It Ohio!” Campaign – This boating safety campaign begins its second season May 23 with special land-based marketing events scheduled for Portage Lakes, Caesar Creek, Buck Creek and Buckeye Lake state parks. Its primary component is a life jacket loaner program in which more than 300 brand new inflatable life vests will be loaned to Ohio boaters ages 18 and older with a valid I.D. and who agree to sign the Wear It Ohio! campaign pledge. The weekend campaign events continue through mid-July.

Boating Safety Education Programs – More than a dozen approved boating safety education courses are offered by the Division of Watercraft and its boating partners in observance of National Safe Boating Week. Ohioans born on or after January 1, 1982 must be able to show proof they have successfully completed an approved boater safety course if they operate any watercraft powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or more. ODNR reports that approximately 4 of every 5 boat operators involved in a boating accident on Ohio waterways have not taken a boater safety course.

Vessel Safety Checks – The Division of Watercraft and its boating partners are offering more than 50 free vessel safety inspection events at public boat launch ramps statewide in observance of National Safe Boating Week. The inspections help ensure that all required safety equipment, including life jackets, is in proper working order and aboard the boat before it is launched onto the water.

Boating Safety Messages – The Division of Watercraft begins its boating safety awareness media advertising campaign May 15 to kickoff National Safe Boating Week with public service messages about the importance of wearing life jackets while boating. The Division of Watercraft reminds Ohioans that boating safety begins with the choices boaters make before leaving the dock.

Additional information on date, time and location of boating education courses, vessel safety checks and Wear it Ohio! campaign events is available online at www.ohiodnr.com and by calling the Division of Watercraft toll-free at 877-4BOATER.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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Ohio Boater Safety: Prevent Hypothermia

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COLUMBUS, OH – Perhaps about the only thing worse than the embarrassment of wetting your pants while boating or fishing is to sustain an unexpected, full-body immersion into cold water which can lead to hypothermia that requires medical treatment or  that may lead to a fatality. Hypothermia is a condition in which body temperature drops below normal due to exposure to cold temperatures.

“Among people most at risk of hypothermia due to a cold water immersion are recreational boaters and anglers who are not dressed properly for the water temperatures,” said Pamela Dillon, chief of the ODNR Division of Watercraft. “Boating safety begins with the choices boaters make before leaving the dock and this time of year that  should include due regard to taking steps that will reduce the risks of hypothermia exposure.”

Observers indicate that most people are inclined to dress for the air temperature instead of water temperatures when enjoying outdoors recreation on or near the water.

In most cases, water temperatures of Ohio waterways remain bone chilling and are  very slow to warm during March, April and early May. Following are some safety tips to follow to help reduce exposure to the risks of hypothermia while boating  and fishing. Additional information on boating safety tips, education programs and more can be found online at www.ohiodnr.com and by calling the Division of watercraft toll-free at 1-877-4BOATER.

  • Dress for existing water temperatures and not air temperatures when boating in earlyspring. Wear layers of protective clothing that include neoprene, polypropylene, wool, synthetic fleece and Goretex. Avoid 100 percent cotton and denim garments such as blue jeans, sweatshirts and flannel shirts. The final layer of protectiveclothing should always be a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket or vest.
  • Carry a cellphone inside a plastic bag in a case an emergency should arise.
  • Avoid alcohol consumption to help prevent the onset of hypothermia symptoms.
  • Avoid capsizing and swamping by ensuring that boats are not overloaded and are properly loaded and balanced before leaving the launch ramp or dock. Properly and safely anchor a boat from the bow when using a single line.
  • File a float plan with a person of responsibility so that assistance may be requested if boaters are significantly overdue in their return from the water.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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Walleye Run Begins on Maumee and Sandusky: ODNR Urges Anglers to Wade Safely

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COLUMBUS, OH – The arrival of the popular “walleye run” along the Maumee and Sandusky rivers and other early spring fishing opportunities is about to begin and anglers are advised by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to observe some basic safety tips while wading and boating in pursuit of their favorite game fish.

The walleye run traditionally hits its peak and attracts the largest numbers of anglers to the Maumee and Sandusky rivers during late March through mid-April. Boat anglers and wading anglers also begin to increase their fishing activities elsewhere across the state as warmer temperatures gradually emerge. Here are some basic safety tips to keep in mind while wading and fishing from boats during early spring:

  • Dress properly for the water temperature instead of the air temperature to guard against the effect of hypothermia should you unexpectedly fall into the water.
  • Wear an approved inflatable life vest, life jacket or flotation coat anytime while wading in a river or stream and anytime while on a boat.
  • Wear a pair of quality-made chest waders and tighten a cinch belt at the waistline outside the waders to help prevent them from filling with water should a water immersion occur. Water weighs about 8 pounds per gallon and can make walking to the shoreline extremely difficult if waders fill with cold water.
  • Never wear waders while fishing from a boat.
  • Carry a large walking stick or wading staff to help provide balance while wading in a river. Use a pair of metal crampons or cleats, which fit over the boot portion of waders, to significantly improve traction when wading across slippery rocks and other debris commonly found along river bottoms.
  • Do not fish alone; fish with a wading or boating partner. Let friends or family members know of your fishing and boating plans.
  • Be properly licensed and knowing the fishing regulations. Avoid alcohol consumption and be aware of local ordinances and state laws that prohibit open displays of alcoholic beverages and public consumption of alcohol.
  • Keep available extra clothing, be prepared to handle an emergency situation if it arises and stay informed of current and forecast weather and water conditions.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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Boat Registration Down: Kayaks and Canoes Up

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COLUMBUS-The most significant trend in Ohio watercraft registrations is a significant growth in ownership of canoes and kayaks. Registration records show the number of Ohio-registered canoes and kayaks rose from 60,065 in 2003 to 80.640 in 2008, an increase of 34 percent. Overall, canoe and kayak account for 19 percent of all Ohio-registered watercraft.

Boats, sailboats, inflatable watercraft, canoes, kayaks, jet-propelled personal watercraft such as Jet Skis and Waverunners, rowboats and most other floating vessels are required to be registered for use on state waterways. A complete listing of watercraft registration statistics and other registration requirements and procedures can be found online at www.ohiodnr.com.

The total number of Ohio-registered watercraft in 2008 was tabulated at 411,366, a decrease from 415,562 watercraft registered in 2007, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft. Ohio watercraft registrations are valid for a three-year period. The total number of Ohio-registered watercraft in 2005 was 412,804.

“The better comparison for watercraft registration numbers is to evaluate them in a three-year increment when, for example, boats registered in 2005 were due for registration renewals in 2008,” said Rick Barrera, manager of the Division of Watercraft’s registration and titling section. “From that standpoint, we saw a very slight decrease in Ohio watercraft registrations over that three-year period of 2005 to 2008.”

Franklin County had the highest number with 26,130 registered watercraft in 2008. It was then followed by Cuyahoga – 23,908; Hamilton – 17,765; Summit – 18,880 and Montgomery – 15,627.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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Ohio Watercraft Registrations Expire March 1st

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Remember to Register your boat before going out this spring

COLUMBUS, OH – Registrations for about one-third of Ohio’s 411,366 recreational watercraft are set to expire March 1 and must be renewed before those boats are returned to the water, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft.

Many boat owners find they may conveniently renew their watercraft registrations online at www.ohiodnr.com any time and that registration fees remain unchanged. Owners of hand-powered watercraft only, such as canoes, kayaks and rowboats, also have an option to purchase an alternative registration through the mail and in person from any Division of Watercraft office. A listing of all watercraft registration agents and Division of Watercraft area offices is found online on the agency’s website.

The Division of Watercraft says boat owners should first check to ensure their pleasure crafts have valid registrations for the upcoming boating season before returning them to the water. Recreational boating on the state’s waterways, including the Ohio River and Lake Erie, remains highly popular as Ohio ranks among the top ten states nationally in the number of recreational watercraft. Counties that had the highest number of registered watercraft last year included Franklin, Cuyahoga, Summit, Hamilton and Montgomery.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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