Its results will help meteorologists and rescue teams to better understand sea users in order to give better water safety advice and save more lives through preventative action.
Going out on the water can be a lot of fun, and is a way of life in coastal communities around the UK and Ireland. But the sea can be an unpredictable and dangerous place.
Taking some simple precautions can make your time on the water even more enjoyable, and reduce your chances of getting into trouble.
The RNLI has an interactive publication, Sea Safety: The Complete Guide, which is essential reading for anyone who finds themselves drawn to the water.