Lake Havasu City, AZ: Eight months ago, the Lake Havasu Marine Association initiated Designated Operator, a grass-roots boating safety campaign to encourage voluntarily sobriety on the part of recreational boat operators. Today, another facet for safer boating on one of the Southwest’s most popular recreational boating waterways has been added to the local agenda….Designated Captain.
“This is an entirely new and separate program.” remarked Jim Salscheider, executive director of the Lake Havasu Marine Association. “Designated Captain is targeting recreational boaters who desire to delegate the responsibility of operating a boat to an experienced, licensed and sober captain.”
Ken Samp, owner/operator of Sunset Charters and Tours in Lake Havasu City, is heading up this new program which is being touted as a significant advancement toward safer boating practices by many local boat rental facilities. A pool of qualified, Coast Guard licensed captains have been established, offering their services on an hourly basis for safe and sober vessel piloting to recreational boaters, both rental and privately owned.
Prospective recreational boaters wanting this service are requested to contact Ken Samp by phone or email to arrange a captain reservation. Samp screens boaters and recommends captains who best suit the individual needs of the boater.
“We don’t want boaters hiring just anyone to take the responsibility of operating their boat,” commented Salscheider. “If you’re going to turn the helm over to someone else, you want to be sure that the person is reliable, experienced and capable. With the Designated Captain program, boaters are assured that their captain for the day is qualified and sober.”