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Posted on: July 20, 2021

[ARCHIVED] National Drowning Prevention Week: Be Boat Smart - Wear a Lifejacket

National Drowning Prevention Week: Be Boat Smart - Wear a Lifejacket 

Get carded! Get the Pleasure Craft Operator Card. STARTboating is a national program from the Lifesaving Society designed to educate new boaters on the basics of how to be safe and responsible boaters. To find a course near you CLICK HERE!

Boat Sober! Alcohol consumption is a factor in 32% of boating-related fatalities.

Choose It. Use It. Always wear a Lifejacket. Lifejackets don’t work if you don’t wear them. Not wearing a lifejacket was a factor in 74% of boating deaths.

Lifejacket Safety Inspection

Some general boat safety tips include:

• Don’t boat alone. Boating alone was a major risk factor in boating-related fatalities (21%). 

• Stay seated. You can easily fall out of a small powerboat, canoe or kayak. 

• Check the condition of your boat and accessories. 

• Always have a boat safety kit on board. 

• Know before you go. Check the weather forecast and learn about local hazards. 

• Watch out for other swimmers and boaters. Always have a spotter when towing water - skiers and tube riders.

Check out our Safe Boating Checklist for your use to make sure you are ready to go for your trip!

Safe Boating Checklist

Today we have a Lifejacket sizing station set up! Swimmers ages 3-12 years can learn to size a lifejacket properly and will be given free admission to the Pool to do so! We hope to see you there !!

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