Perhaps you have forgotten who Captain Ahab is. In 1851 Herman Melvin wrote a novel about the whaling ship “Perquod” under the command of Captain Ahab. The adventure is told through a narrator named Ishmael. Ishmael thinks he has signed on as a deck hand but soon learns that the Perquod is not a normal whaling vessel. You see, Captain Ahab is seeking one specific whale, Moby-Dick. Moby-Dick is a great white whale infamous for his giant size and his ability to destroy the whalers that seek him. When Captain Ahab first met Moby-Dick he lost both his leg and ship to the giant creature. Captain Ahab, had he had some health plans to choose from, might have been able to get a prosthesis instead of a wooden peg. Health insurance premiums would probably have been less expensive in 1851 also. I bet they didn’t have a high deductible health plan either. If health plans existed at all they probably just paid benefits once the deductible was met and did not offer modern day doctor co-pays and free checkups. And, he certainly could not have had any help from a senior health plan because they did not exist until 1965. Still, if we use a little imagination I bet we could think up some fishing & boating safety tips from Captain Ahab for modern times. Captain Ahab might also benefit from a little guidance from Take Me Fishing.
First and foremost a no brainer: learn to swim! Never dive into an unknown area. And, just like Captain Ahab and Ishmael use a buddy system in case something goes wrong.
Always wear a life jacket or a life vest (PFDs) when you are around deep or fast moving water.
Reach-Throw-Row-Go. This is a method of rescuing a person who falls overboard or an angler or swimmer in trouble. Use an oar or tree limb for reaching if the person is close. If you can’t reach the person toss them a boat cushion or ring that has a line tied to it. If you have nothing to throw, row out to the person and if possible take someone with you to help pull the person into the boat. Turn the motor off and pull the person in over the back of the boat. Swim out to save the person only as a last resort and only if you have had some life-saving training.
When you want to cast a line to try to hook Moby-Dick, look behind you to make sure your hook will not get caught on a power line, tree, or another person. Never leave your tackle lying on the ground.