Mission of the Propeller Guard Information Center

Make boating safer by:

  • Increasing awareness of propeller injuries and their severity
  • Increasing awareness of existing propeller injury avoidance devices
  • Providing online, free access to a repository of information surrounding all aspects of propeller injuries
  • Being a catalyst for continuous improvement of existing propeller injury avoidance devices
  • Scouting for and monitoring emerging technologies that might be useful in reducing propeller injuries
  • Assisting propeller safety device inventors and manufacturers
  • Encouraging the utilization of new technologies in future propeller injury avoidance solutions
  • Encouraging the collection of more accurate propeller injury statistics
  • Encouraging the collection of more detailed information surrounding propeller injury accidents
  • Monitoring media reports citing U.S. Coast Guard propeller accident statistics to make sure they include all USCG BARD reported motor/propeller strikes and not just USCG BARD Event 1 accidents (see our statistics page) so the public is not misled.
  • Increasing awareness of the risk and dangers of propeller strikes to tourists in areas of less developed countries whose economy is strongly reliant on water related tourism.
  • Increasing awareness of the unique challenges faced by families of tourists struck or killed by propellers in areas of less developed countries whose economy is strongly reliant on water related tourism.
  • Promoting academic, scientific and technical research in this field
  • Disseminating information to manufacturers of propeller injury avoidance devices
  • Networking with other Propeller Safety advocates (including device manufacturers) and encouraging them to network with one another on common issues
  • Encouraging manufacturers of marine drives and boats to reduce propeller injury risks
  • Utilizing the skills and connections of other propeller safety advocates when possible, allowing us to spend more time doing what we do best and them to do the same
  • Responding to USCG, NASBLA, ABYC, NBSAC, and other proposed propeller safety initiatives with detailed information to encourage and allow more fact based decisions
  • Fact checking relevant reports being circulated in the boating industry
  • Utilizing the Internet, blogs, social media, and other tools to get news of breaking events or opportunities out fast
  • Archiving all things surrounding propeller safety. Making sure that paper documents, electronic documents, news coverage, social media, and video coverage of propeller accidents and propeller safety issues survive for future discussions.
  • Providing guidance and assistance to boat propeller accident victims and their families
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