What you choose to do as a boat driver affects people whether you know it or not. Even your wake can disturb others long after your boat has disappeared. Your stunts create damage, you are showing other boaters and waterway users behavior that may be impressionable and they can imitate your driving skills with disastrous results.
I'm a boating safety instructor now, saving lives begins with education and responsible use. Think back to your own close calls and what could have been done differently. Every choice you make has a consequence. Somebody else may pay the price for your 'fun'. Don't think it can't happen to you.
It was the summer of 2000 and my family and friends drove north for our annual Lake Trip. Lake Nacimiento was our normal stop, but that year it was too crowded so we ended up at Lake San Antonio.
On the third day, we decided to cruise along (3 boats) to a couple of tie up spots in the finger coves along the lake. After leaving the cove