Think You Can Challenge the Sea?
Challenge the Sea is for everyone and anyone who enjoys being on the water and recognizing the waterways and oceans are beautiful as they are deadly.
In the United States, 633 people died as a result of boating accidents and 2,511 people were injured in 2018. This number is a constant, and will only keep climbing unless we can change the way we treat boating safety.
Challenge the Sea was founded in 2018 by Omar J. Cruz, U.S. Army Veteran, proud American Citizen, and Department of Defense (DOD) Technician. With 37 years as a Watercraft Operator in the Army Reserves, and 25 years as a Marine Machinery Mechanic, Omar has had his share of boating experience. After one time too many of seeing avoidable tragedies unfold, he knew action had to be taken. Thus, Challenge the Sea was created, to reduce fatalities, accidents, and be a game dedicated to boating safety, operations, and mariners on the high seas and oceans.
The sea may not be merciful at times, that’s why new and experienced boaters need to be prepared. Challenge the Sea was developed to offer a fun and engaging way to remind boaters of how to be a more prudent mariner, to be given the information and resources to prevent a possible serious situation when on the waterways.
In 2016, the Coast Guard counted 4,463 accidents that involved 701 deaths, 2,903 injuries and approximately $49 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents — Every boater needs the knowledge to keep themselves safe, no matter how large of the ship, how experienced, or how new.
Challenge the Sea was designed by a seasoned boater, for all types of boaters – novice or mature. Anyone can pick up some vital information and potentially save a life or their own. If you can play cards on your boat, you can play this game too. There’s no reason to get rusty on your nautical knowledge, especially when it’s so much fun!
So I ask you again Matey… Think You Can Challenge the Sea?