National Safe Boating Week is Saturday, May 19 through Friday, May 25. Although safe boating should be observed all year long, this is the week to possibly shirk a bad habit and create some new best practices!
A couple of easy and wise boat safety ideas are:
- Wear life jackets. They’re not just for kids anymore! According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2010 Boating Statistics, “Almost three-fourths of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those, 88% were not reported as wearing a life jacket.”
- Take a boat safety course. According to the same statistics, “Only 9% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had received boating safety instruction. Only 6% of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had received boating safety instruction from a NASBLA-approved course provider.” Find a course here.
Also, at risk of sounding like a broken record, it is critical to carry current navigational charts. You need to know where you are, where you are headed and what’s under and around you!
Need more information and tips? The National Weather Service and the National Safe Boating Council have put together daily public service announcements that will run for Safe Boating Week.
Let’s make this not only a safe boating week, but a safe boating year.