The U.S. Coast Guard is rolling out its annual boating safety awareness campaign leading up to National Safe Boating Week (May 19-25). The usual theme—educating boaters to check their safety equipment and vessel—has an unusual focus: kids.
To get the word out, Coast Guard members created a 14-minute digital cartoon with themes such as the importance of wearing a life jacket, not playing on the marine radio and escaping rip currents. Coast Guard members will use this video, along with activity and coloring books, in classrooms where they’ve been invited to speak. Using these tools, they hopefully will not only engage the kids, but educate them as well.
Kids may be the most inexperienced boaters, but given a few simple boating tips, they may prove to be invaluable hands, eyes and ears on board.
Read more on Drawing the Lines in the latest issue of the U.S. Coast Guard magazine.