USA – 10/2020 – The US Coast Guard (USCG) has released its National Recreational Boating Safety Survey and its chock full of demographics of those who took to the water in recreational vessels in 2018, as well as profiles of boat ownership.
According to the survey, an estimated 84.5 million Americans — more than 26% of the country’s total population — engaged in recreational boating at least once in 2018. Nearly 14.5 million U.S. households — or about 12% of total households — owned 25.4 million recreational boats.
The National Recreational Boating Safety Survey (NRBSS) – The NRBSS Information collection project enables the USCG to better identify safety priorities, coordinate and focus research efforts, and encourage consistency in the information that is collected as well as the applied analysis methods.
The NRBSS data and estimates are used to (1) identify and analyze boating participation trends; (2) better understand the characteristics of at-risk boating populations; (3) more effectually design and efficiently target boating safety education and outreach campaigns; and (4) more objectively and consistently assess the performance of education, regulations, and enforcement intended to reduce boating accidents.
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