The boating season is starting to wrap up and the boating accident statistics aren't looking much different than they did last year...or the year before, or the year before that, etc.
The "average" boating fatality in Alaska is still the 18-34 year old male who falls overboard/capsizes and is NOT wearing a life jacket....
Most all of us grew up boating where Mom & kids wore life jackets but Dad didn't...'cause Dad was old enough and experienced enough to not have to wear one...(the message here is that once you become 'of age', you no longer need to wear a life jacket...).
The problem is that we have additional widows/orphans every year.
Start setting the example for your kids; wear your life jackets! Why not go buy yourself a nice inflatable and wear it? Your kids will ask when they get an inflatable and you can say, "When you are 16!" (Check the Coast Guard approvals on inflatables).
The really nice part about changing the culture is that you'll get to see your kids grow up and take your grandkids boating! How cool is that?! Boat Safe! Mike