‘Ready, Set, Wear It!’ Events Promote Safe Boating Week

“Ready, Set, Wear It!,” previously named “Ready, Set, Inflate!,” will usher in National Safe Boating Week, this year May 19-25, 2012.

With summer almost here, families and friends are eager to get outdoors and spend time on the water—boating, fishing, sailing, and more.

But, with approximately 500 people drowning each year from recreational boating accidents, it is imperative to push the message of “Wear It!”: wear your life jacket at all times while you are on the water, according to a news release.

The National Safe Boating Council, in partnership with the Canadian Safe Boating Council, invite boating safety professionals, the boating community and the media to participate in “Ready, Set, Wear It!” tomorrow (Saturday, May 19).

Participants in cities around the globe will gather to set a world record for the most life jackets worn and inflatable life jackets inflated. The goal is not only to promote the comfortable and versatile options when it comes to life jackets, but also to educate the public about life jackets and safe boating in general.

“What better way to share the life-saving importance of life jacket wear, while having some fun and helping set a world record,” said Virgil Chambers, executive director of the National Safe Boating Council.

“We are proud to once again partner with the Canadian Safe Boating Council to share about boating safety.”

Boating safety partners across the U.S. and Canada are teaming up to promote safe and responsible boating, including voluntary wear of life jackets, for National Safe Boating Week and throughout the boating season.

Last year, 1,685 people gathered at more than 99 events held around the world, including 87 in the U.S. and eight in Canada, to set a new record for the number of participants who inflated their inflatable life jacket or wore an inherently buoyant life jacket.

Ohio will kick off its observance of National Safe Boating Week May 19-25 with more than a dozen ‘Ready, Set, Wear It!’ life jacket safety awareness events, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Watercraft.

Headlining the series is the ‘Take Me Boating Toledo-Wear It Ohio’ event being held tomorrow (May 19) from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., which will include various boating-related activities at Skyway Marina and the Maritime Academy of Toledo.

The free family event is open to the public and hosted by the City of Toledo in partnership with the Division of Watercraft, Western Lake Erie Safe Boating Council, and their local boating partners.

“Keeping people safe on the water by reminding individuals to always wear a life jacket is our biggest goal with the ‘Ready, Set, Wear It!’ campaign,” said Rodger Norcross, chief of the Division of Watercraft.

In Columbus, the ‘Ready, Set, Wear It!’ event is being hosted from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on May 19 at COSI. Learn about safe boating and help COSI and Ohio break a world record in the number of people wearing life jackets on Saturday, May 19.

Activities include life jacket fitting, a family photo opportunity, a ‘Floats and Kids’ program with Watercraft Officer Dawn Potter at 11:30 a.m. and a chance to be part of an inflation ceremony at noon.

People can also register for a chance to win a two-night stay at an Ohio State Park campground. Activities are included with COSI admission.

Life Jacket Wear Is One of the Most Effective and Simple Life-Saving Strategies for Safe Recreational Boating

Details

National Safe Boating Council (NSBC)

The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) provides safe boating materials, resources, tools, creative messages, training of instructors, education, and leads the annual safe boating awareness campaign.

Address: P.O. Box 509, Bristow, VA 20136

Phone: (703) 361-4294

Website: safeboatingcouncil.org

Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC)

The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) was organized in 1991 to improve communications regarding safe boating issues between government departments and agencies servicing recreational boaters’ interests and private companies and organizations in the recreational boating field.

Address: 400 Consumers Road, Toronto, ON M2J 1P8

Phone: (905) 820-4817

Website: csbc.ca

Ready, Set, Wear It!

The National Safe Boating Council, in partnership with the Canadian Safe Boating Council, invite boating safety professionals, the boating community, and the media to participate in the third-annual “Ready, Set, Wear It!” Life Jacket World Record Day on Saturday, May 19.

Website: readysetwearit.com

Safe Boating Campaign

Website: safeboatingcampaign.com/

Worth Pondering…

The sea finds out everything you did wrong.
—Francis Stokes

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