Recapping a Successful 2019 National Safe Boating Week

Recapping a Successful 2019 National Safe Boating Week

 

As we pull back into the marina and tie off yet another successful National Safe Boating Week, it’s time to look back and reflect on how we got here and what made this week so special. Whether you joined us for one day or all seven, we wouldn’t be here without you, the boater.

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This week, we saw:

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  • May 17 – Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day 2019

Just like in years past, we kicked off National Safe Boating Week 2019 with the fun-filled Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day. Countless boaters put on their trusty life jackets and helped spread awareness of safe and fun boating practices at workplaces all around the country. If you participated but haven’t shared your photo yet with us, be sure to post it to our Sea Tow Foundation Facebook page!

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  • May 18 – Life Jacket Loaner Program

Every passenger aboard a boat is required to have a US Coast Guard-approved life jacket available for use, and the U.S. Coast Guard requires children under age 13 to always wear a life jacket. If you’re heading out on your local waters and any of your passengers are without a properly-fitting life jacket, swing by your local Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Station and borrow one for the day, free of charge. To find the station in your area, click here.

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  • May 19 – Designate a Sober Skipper

It’s common knowledge that any time you go out in your car for a night on the town, you should always have a designated driver to make sure you and your friends and family get home safely. The same goes for any time you head out on your favorite waters. After all, the leading known contributing factor in boating fatalities is alcohol. Ensure the safety of your passengers by taking the Sober Skipper Pledge today.

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  • May 20 – Automated Radio Check

Each time you head out on your boat, be sure to check your VHF radio is functioning properly. Instead of clogging up the emergency Channel 16, use one of Sea Tow’s free Automated Radio Check channels. To find the channel used in your area, click here.

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  • May 21 – Beacon Rental Program

If you’re heading out for a family vacation on your boat, especially if it’s to unfamiliar waters, be sure you have an emergency beacon handy. Whether you’re looking for a PLB or EPIRB for your next trip, consider renting one through our Beacon Rental Program.

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  • May 22 – Use an Engine Cut-Off Device

Wireless Engine Cut-Off Devices have helped make boating safer for everyone on the boat with technology that easily attaches to each person and will turn off the boat’s engine if anyone falls overboard. Shop for one from Autothether.

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  • May 23 – Vest Friends

Help us spread the message of always wearing a life jacket on social media! Next time you head out to your favorite waters, grab a friend or family member, put on your favorite life jacket and take a selfie. Then, share your photo to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #VestFriends for a chance to be featured on our page!

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Thanks for helping make this another successful National Safe Boating Week! If you enjoyed joining us and would like to volunteer with or donate to the Sea Tow Foundation, click here.

Written by  Gail Kulp

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