Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Get Ready for National Safe Boating Week, May 21-27!

Prepare to participate in the boating safety awareness event of the year! As a kickoff for this year’s National Safe Boating Week (May 21–27, 2016), be sure to mark your calendar for Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day on Friday, May 20th. 

This kick-off celebration is part of the North American Safe Boating Campaign – simply known as Wear It! – a yearlong effort which brings together boating safety partners across the U.S. and Canada to promote safe and responsible boating, including voluntary, consistent wear of life jackets.

The ACA participates in the Wear It! Campaign year after year, and we encourage you to join us in 2016 by sharing your #WearIt photos and spreading the message of #SafeBoatWeek on social media! 

ACA staffer Kelsey Bracewell sporting her PFD during the 2014 "Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day."
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.

This stand-up paddler wears an inflatable beltpack PFD.
Who says safety can't be comfortable? 
Stay tuned for more details and follow #SafeBoatWeek to join the conversation about safety + fun on the water.

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