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Educational video explains new recreational boating data app

By The National Marine Manufacturers Association

The Center for Recreational Boating Research, which released the Self-Reported On-Water Boat Operator Survey app in May, has produced a video educating the public about the new tool, now available to view and download on SOBOS.org.

SOBOS was designed to collect information about normal, non-accident based recreational boaters, with the goal of testing the effectiveness of crowdsourcing recreational boating data as an evidence-based public health approach to reducing boating accidents.

The SOBOS mobile app asks boaters to fill out a short survey that permits the app to track a span of their next on-water excursion. Both the anonymous survey and anonymous on-water data points are then linked to each on-water waypoint.

The SOBOS app provides commercial, governmental, and university partners access to anonymous, non-accident-based on-water recreational boater data to study normal geospatial-temporal boating patterns, actuarial research, or boating accident research when compared to local recreational boating accidents.

Current recreational boating network members included the National Safe Boating Council, American Canoe Association, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Marine Manufacturers Association, US Sailing, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, U.S. Power Squadrons, Boy Scouts of America, BoatUS, Geico, Brunswick Corp., Grady White Boats, SeaTow Foundation, National Boating Federation, and others.

SOBOS was produced under a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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