Level Up Fishing Podcast: Episode 19 – NBSW Battling The Fear

NBSW Battling The Fear – Level Up Fishing Podcast Hosts Stormy Cochran and Andy Cochran (Owners of GSO Fishing)

I originally recorded this video back in 2023 for National Boat Safety Week. The moment I stopped the camera, I was overwhelmed by a massive anxiety attack. Speaking about this topic out loud was incredibly challenging for me, even though I don’t see it as a personal limitation anymore.

I want to express my deepest gratitude to Andy for his unwavering support and understanding over the past 19 years. His encouragement has kept me going, and I cherish the moments we spend with our daughters on the boat, especially when they are out on the water with big smiles on their faces.

If you struggle with anxiety while fishing or boating, please know that you are not alone, and it’s perfectly okay to feel that way. Many people face similar challenges.

As we head into another year, we urge everyone to prioritize safety on the water. Wearing a life jacket is a simple but crucial precaution that can save lives. It’s essential to ensure that both you and your children are equipped with personal flotation devices (PFDs) every time you set out on the water on a kayak or paddleboard.

Boat safety is not just about following rules; it’s about protecting yourself and your loved ones. PFDs are designed to keep you safe and, most importantly, alive. So, make it a habit to bring them every time you go boating. (It’s also the law here in Colorado!)  Let’s make this year a safe and enjoyable one on the water for everyone.

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