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Safety: National Safe Boating Week

Safety: National Safe Boating Week

Wear it! Life jacket use is the leading goal of the National Safe Boating Week, May 18 to May 24

Boat Wear It! The leading goal of National Safe Boating Week is for boaters to wear life jackets! (Karla Zeutenhorst)

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Many people who drown never intended to be in the water and 89% of people who die in water-related accidents were not wearing a life jacket. Wear a life jacket to help ensure you return home safely to those you love.

National Safe Boating Week and the Safe Boating Campaign

The Safe Boating Campaign is a year-round effort focused on spreading the message of boating safety, encouraging boater education and helping to save lives. It kicks off each year before Memorial Day Weekend with National Safe Boating Week.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is the nation’s leader in water-based outdoor recreation and water safety. Visit the Army Corps’ water safety website for valuable water safety tips that could save your life or the life of someone you love.

During National Safe Boating Week, USACE lake and river projects will conduct educational activities, vessel safety checks and school programs across the nation that will help visitors learn how to play it safe while playing in or around water. Look for these and other USACE activities in your area:

  • Bass Pro Shops: Through a national partnership with Bass Pro Shops, USACE water safety seminars will be presented during Go Outdoors Events at 54 Bass Pro Stores across the nation.
  • Rivers Project, West Alton, Missouri: The USACE will be conducting the annual Riverlands Paddle Festival on May 18, which will include a ribbon cutting ceremony that will open the 121-mile section of the Mississippi River Water Trail from Saverton, Missouri, to St. Louis, Missouri.
  • New Hogan Lake, Valley Springs, California: On May 24 and 25, USACE will provide new life jackets from the California Department of Boating and Waterways to people that turn in old life jackets that do not fit properly.