National Safe Boating Week kicks off Saturday, May 20, with Ready, Set, Wear It!, a program created to encourage the public to wear life jackets.
According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, each year hundreds of people lose their lives in boating accidents, and they may still be alive if they had been wearing a life jacket.
The goal of National Safe Boating Week is to educate the public about the importance of safe boating practices and wearing life jackets while on the water.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced today its support of "Wear Your Life Jacket to Work" Day on Friday, May 19, 2017.
- Stay alert. Watch for other boats, swimmers, skiers and objects in the water. Be sure to check that navigation lights work. Always inform family or friends about the details of your trip. Give them phone numbers for the local emergency dispatch center and U.S. Coast Guard in case you don't return on time. This is especially true when operating in crowded waterways, at night and when visibility is restricted.
For more information on safe boating, please visit the Canadian Safe Boating Council website at here.
Boat Ed, the vendor who provides the online version of Arkansas's Boating Education Course, will be offering a special discount to anyone who completes the program from May 20-26 to help promote National Safe Boating Week.