Friday, April 24, 2015

Gear Up For National Safe Boating Week

This stand-up paddler wears an inflatable beltpack PFD.
Who says safety can't be comfortable? 

National Safe Boating Week is right around the corner, May 16-22, 2015! The ACA is encouraging all paddlers to participate and help spread the message of safe and responsible boating.

Ready to kick-off #SafeBoatWeek? Join in on these two events and let's get this party started:

May 15 - Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day 

May 16 - "Ready, Set, Wear It" Life Jacket World Record Day

National Safe Boating Week is the launch of the 2015 North American Safe Boating Campaign. This yearlong campaign promotes safe and responsible boating and the value of voluntary, consistent life jacket wear by recreational boaters through the national theme, Wear It! 

The ACA participates in the Wear It! Campaign year after year, and we encourage you to join us in 2015 by sharing your #WearIt photos and spreading the message of #SafeBoatWeek across social media. 

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities in 2013, and that 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets. 

New life jackets are much more comfortable, lightweight and stylish than the bulky orange style most boaters know. There are innovative options, such as inflatable life jackets, allowing mobility and flexibility for activities like boating, fishing, paddling or hunting, and are much cooler in the warmer weather. 

Throughout the campaign, Wear It! will remind boaters of the importance of boating safely, including consistent life jacket wear, boating sober, knowing navigational rules and having a proper lookout. 

Stay tuned for more details and follow #SafeBoatWeek to join the conversation about safety + fun on the water. 

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