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National Safe Boating Week Begins on May 19th!

Did you know that Safe Boating Week's beginnings date back to 1949? It all began with Steve Sadowski, a Coast Guard Auxiliarist in Amesbury, MA, who persuaded the town to issue a proclamation on Auxiliary Day, in June of that year. Three years later, he helped organize a CME (Courtesy Marine Examination, now termed Vessel Safety Check) weekend which led to the idea of a Safe Boating Week. Learn more about the history of Safe Boating week and check out these various opportunities to participate in this important campaign. 

May 18: Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day 
Wear your life jacket, snap a picture while at work and share on social media with the hashtags, #lifejacket2work and #safeboating. Photos may be shared directly to outreach@safeboatingcouncil.org. 

Hosted by the National Safe Boating Council, this annual event is a fun, educational way to heighten life jacket awareness and highlight the various life jacket styles just prior to the official launch of the Safe Boating Campaign. 

May 19-25: National Safe Boating Week 
The Safe Boating Campaign kicks off the weekend before Memorial Day with National Safe Boating Week and continues throughout the year with various events and activities. Share on social media with #safeboatingweek and #safeboating. You can also plan local events in your community with template resources for proclamation, media advisory, press release, posters and more! 

May 19, June 9, July 7, August 11: Ready, Set, Wear It events 
Participate in one of four Ready, Set, Wear It events hosted by the Safe Boating Campaign to raise awareness about the importance of wearing a life jacket (May 19, June 9, July 7 and August 11). Previously only one event during National Safe Boating Week, Ready, Set, Wear It is now offered four times throughout the summer to offer even more opportunities for grassroots support of the campaign. 

The event with the most participants on each event day will receive a prize! A worldwide tally will be taken at the end of the summer, and the event with the most participants will receive a grand prize. Resources for these events and more available at www.safeboatingcampaign.com/resources.

Be a Safe Boater. Take a Safety Course!

According to the 2016 United States Recreational Boating Statistics (where information about operator education was known) 77% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had not received boating safety instruction. Only 13% percent of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had received a nationally-approved boating safety education certificate. 

A wide variety of organizations offer safety courses, many of which can be taken online. Check out educational opportunities provided by the following organizations: 

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