To educate people worldwide on the importance of responsible boating and always wearing a life jacket while on the water, the National Safe Boating Council and boating safety advocates around the world are kicking off the annual Safe Boating Campaign the weekend before Memorial Day with boating safety events and activities.
“We have lots of fun and educational events planned for the summer boating season,” said Peg Phillips, executive director of the National Safe Boating Council and lead organization for the Safe Boating Campaign. “We encourage anyone who enjoys fishing, boating and all water activities to participate and help educate others on the importance of responsible boating.”
The Safe Boating Campaign promotes wearing a life jacket while boating. According to the US Coast Guard, life jackets were not worn by 83 percent of reported recreational boating drowning victims in 2016.
The Safe Boating Campaign is produced under a grant from the Sports Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and administered by the US Coast Guard.