Safety, Education, and Awareness on Colorado Waters

We want to let people know the characteristics of PWCs so they can avoid accidents.

On July 14th, 1996 at 4:30 in the afternoon, an accident happened on the waters of Boyd Lake (Loveland, Colorado) that would have a profound impact on our family forever. Our 13-year-old son Aaron was riding a Waverunner/Personal Watercraft (PWC) when it collided with a 19-foot ski boat traveling about 30 miles per hour. Aaron was killed instantly. This accident was NOT caused by a drunk driver nor by a kid driving recklessly. Aaron had been taught the safety rules and had been allowed to operate on his own for the first time that year. He had spent several years before operating with an adult. Aaron was equipped with all required safety equipment. He was wearing his life jacket. Aaron was not operating in a reckless manner. We will never know if Aaron saw the boat or if he panicked and lost steering. We do know that the boat operator didn't see Aaron. There was NO alcohol or drugs involved with this accident but we still want everyone to have Safety, Education, and Awareness in order to have a fun day on the lake. We don't want to take away from the fun experience that can happen on the water. We just want people to be aware of what they are doing and to be safe while enjoying the water.

If you own or operate a personal watercraft, please realize an accident can occur in a split second. Educate yourself and others that you allow to ride your PWC to ensure safe operation of the vessel.

REMEMBER your PWC is not just a toy - its a boat!

The Steely Family

We would like to dedicate the 2nd sunday in July

each year as "Aaron's day."

Remember Aaron by helping us make a difference!