National Safe Boating Week

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


Wear It!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."

In an effort to combat these statistics, the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), will launch the annual North American Safe Boating Campaign during National Safe Boating Week. The Campaign is designed to reach more than 70 million boaters around North America and communicates this year's life saving message: Boat Smart. Boat Safe. Wear It.


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.


During National Safe Boating Week, the National Safe Boating Council, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the Canadian Safe Boating Council, along with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Power Squadrons, Army Corps of Engineers and other groups, organize local exhibits, provide special programs on safe boating and generate extensive media coverage.


Although the 2016 Campaign kicks off during National Safe Boating Week, it's a year-round crusade that counts on grassroots activities and the support of many volunteer groups. More than 16,000 action kits will be distributed to local campaign coordinators throughout the country to spread the message of safe boating.


Audio PSAs



Click here to download the 2016 NSBW Powerpoint (.ppx) 

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