National Safe Boating Week

2017 NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK • May 20 - May 26, 2017


The North American Safe Boating Campaign wants 
to get something off its chest and onto yours.



Life jackets can be the determining factor between life and death in many boating safety accidents. Each year, on average, 700 people die in boating-related accidents, 8 out of every 10 victims were not wearing a life jacket.
According to Virgil Chambers, Executive Director of the National Safe Boating Council, "Thousands of people would be alive today had they taken the simple precaution of wearing a life jacket when they went out on the water."                                                                                 

 We will again stress the importance of wearing life jackets. The Coast Guard has a goal to eliminate deaths, injuries and property damage associated with recreational boating. The Coast Guard and its partners are committed to a Safe Boating Campaign that reaches from shore to shore across the North America Continent. Our neighbors to the north, the Canadian Safe Boating Council and the Canadian Coast Guard will also observe Safe Boating Week on May 20 - May 26, 2017. Boating smart is an essential part of any day on the water regardless of where you boat.