Boating Under The Influence (BUI)

Many of us designate a driver when planning an evening out with friends and family so why don’t boaters designate a sober “skipper” to drive the boat? Unlike in a car, passengers are not safely strapped in while the vehicle is underway, and the marine environment can be very hazardous to someone who is impaired. 

According to the Sea Tow Foundation, on average, there is one boating accident per day as a result of alcohol use on the water. Other elements like wind, noise, sun and the motion of the boat make it harder to concentrate and maintain your balance. Alcohol can intensify these effects and impair your judgment. Do everyone a favor and 
Designate a Skipper!

 Designated Skipper Campaign

The goal of the designated skipper campaign is to change the culture of drinking and boating by creating an awareness of the risks and penalties associated with boating under the influence. Then encouraging people to designate a sober skipper before going boating. Pi
ck up a designated skipper wristband today and wear it to show your support for the campaign.

Go to one of the locations on the map to pick up a FREE wristband today! 
  1. BUI Dangers
  2. BUI Penalties
  3. Help Prevent BUI

Impaired Boating: Get the Facts
Boating and drinking alcohol is not a good mix. According to the U.S. Coast Guard's (USCG) Recreational Boating Statistics alcohol was the leading contributing factor in 21% of deaths in 2014. In Washington, alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in 17% of boating fatalities in the state. 

There are many skills necessary to operate a boat that are affected after drinking or taking drugs. These include:
  • Peripheral Vision 
  • Night Vision 
  • Focus 
  • Ability to Distinguish Colors 
  • Cognitive Abilities 
  • Judgment 
  • Balance 
  • Coordination 
  • Reaction Time