2017 USCG research reports that, across all adult boaters, 11.9% are wearing life-jackets. We are obliged to recognize the sailors’ influence on that number, as the proportion of adult life-jacket wear on all powerboats is all of 7%. With regard to the somewhat tongue-in-cheek advice “Don’t fall in the water” ….well it happens. Here is the good news; the last ten years have brought us devices that address every aspect of threat to life that a Person in the Water (PIW) encounters. The one single, overarching, most determinant factor in PIW survival is TIME. Period.