When he was younger, as a cottager, he never wore a lifejacket. They were always on the boat and accessible under the seats or in the bow. He does have vague memories of slipping and falling unexpectedly off the docks and out of boats when he was younger, and that it was a very shocking experience. It wasn’t until he became a police officer that he started to respect the water and started to learn that the water could take your life away in a matter of minutes, so he has worn a lifejacket ever since.
It was not an easy sell with his family to get them on board to wear lifejackets, but as they got older, he would talk with them about his experiences from his work, call outs or investigations and they started to respect the water in a similar manner that he does. It is now a no brainer that whenever they go out on a vessel everyone wears a lifejacket and he doesn’t have to ask. “It’s fantastic, they are fully committed to wearing lifejackets” Dave says.