Even if your boat doesn’t blow up or capsize, it can still get hit by A LOT of other things, namely, other boats! Or sandbars. Or icebergs. On average, 347 people die each year in boating accidents, and -- while that’s a lot fewer than in car accidents -- it should serve as a friendly reminder that you need to exercise the same caution on the water that you would on the road.
Even if you slept through seventh-grade science class, at some point Mr. Wizard, or Bill Nye, or Gil Grissom taught you that water conducts electricity. What they may not have taught you is that saltwater conducts it 50-1,000 times faster than fresh water. So if a bolt of lightning strikes near your favorite ocean swimming spot, there’s a pretty good chance Grissom’s counterpart in Miami will be looking down at you saying, “Well, I guess this is one way of giving power to the people.” YEEEEEAHHHHH!!!!!!