I would liken it to firearms users though.
Those that follow the rules, lock up their guns and do everything to maintain them safely are not the issue.
The issue is those that don't follow the rules, will never follow the rules and don't care either way.
Those are the people that are most likely to be statistics.
Is any level of regulation going to make a difference?
At a local beach this sort of behaviour goes on, even though there are signs everywhere, http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10735542
(the behaviour that is not the deaths).
so, whilst I agree Chuckybob, unless there is some level of enforcement, how can you stop those involved from doing stupid things. And how do you convince the police it is in the public interest to monitor and enforce the 'sea' laws, when they don't seem to have enough staff giving out 'tickets' on the roads.
I cant think of anything more relaxing, than being in the downunder, breathing some nice clean fresh filtered 21% nitrox.