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National Safe Boating Week kicks off Saturday

Statistics show that wearing a lifejacket improves safety for boaters of all ages.

Statistics show that wearing a lifejacket improves safety for boaters of all ages.

The National Safe Boating Council’s 60 annual Safe Boating Campaign starts with National Safe Boating Week that will take place May 19-25.

Boating safety advocates are encouraged to plan a local event in their community and the safe boating council offers many resources to support those efforts.

One of the signature elements of the campaign is the Wear It Life Jacket Pledge in which boaters show their commitment to responsible boating by signing a contract that says they will always wear a personal flotation device when on the water.

People interested in promoting boating safety can start by participating in Wear Your Lifejacket to Work Day on Friday and take part in the first Ready, Set, Wear It event on Saturday.

Among the events that take place during the week are boating safety classes, vessel safety checks and lifejacket fit stations. Boating safety classes can be focused locally and topics can include the correct safety gear, understanding water conditions and weather and boat handling.

Vessel safety checks take about 15 to 30 minutes and are used to verify that the equipment required to be on a boat by state and federal regulations is up to date and compliant.

Finally, a life jacket fit station is pretty self-explanatory, but there are different types of pfd based on the activity and a fit station can teach boaters about the differences.

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