For everyone in the boating industry, safety extends beyond just one week. However, it’s great to have a nationally-recognized week where boaters, businesses and organizations can make a collective push to draw attention to boating safety. National Safe Boating Week is organized by the National Safe Boating Council and its mission is to “advance and promote safer recreational boating experience through education, outreach and training.” The week, which includes the Wear It campaign, has grown in participation year-over-year. It also gives the Boat Ed team a reason to make a video like this:
Everyone who participated added their own unique touch to the week. We selected some of our favorites to showcase. Feel free to share, tweet or make a comment on this post with any of your favorite moments from National Safe Boating Week.
1. Checking in with friends and family members before you leave is extremely important – especially if you like to boat alone.
2. Remember that the water is home to many different species of wildlife. Respect the environment and their habitat so we can continue to enjoy it for future generations.
— HarborWare® (@HarborWare) May 23, 2014
3. Safe boating starts on land by educating your friends and family members. If someone is old enough to operate a boat, encourage them to take their boater education course from a NASBLA-approved provider.
4. With more people on the water, it’s even more important that you stay alert. The excitement and adrenaline of spawning season can cause boaters to temporarily lose focus. Driver inattention is one of the biggest causes of boating accidents, so while you’re waiting for a bite, make sure you keep an eye on other boaters as well.
5. If you don’t have a pre-launch checklist, it’s time that you got one. No matter how sharp your memory is, it’s easy to forget the little things like checking the bilge or making sure the drain plug is in. Take the extra time to do a quick diagnostic test on before you launch your boat.
6. Safe boating doesn’t only apply to kids. It’s a family affair that applies to everyone aboard, regardless of age. This public service announcement from 1977 has a timeless message for all boaters.
— USCG Mid-Atlantic (@uscgmidatlantic) May 22, 2014
7. You never know when you’ll need the skills to help you navigate at night. With less visibility, you need to know what signals you’re sending and receiving from other boats more than ever.
8. A fire extinguisher is required boating equipment, but just having it on your boat isn’t enough. You should also know how to use it.
9. A powerful reminder that choosing not to wear your life jacket can change your life forever. Don’t second guess it, just wear it.
— ACA (@americancanoe) May 21, 2014
10. Not all life jackets are made equal. Some are made for specific water activities while others should be worn depending on how far you are from shore. You should only purchase life jackets that are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Looking for more information on boating safety in your state? Visit www.boat-ed.com and select your state. Happy safe boating!