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Safety: National Safe Boating Week

Safety: National Safe Boating Week

Wear a life jacket for those who love you during National Safe Boating Week, May 17 to May 23 and throughout the year.

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

Did you know?

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. 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 recreational area 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 63 Bass Pro Stores across the nation.
  • Rivers Project, West Alton, Missouri: Join the USACE at the Great Rivers Festival on May 17. Approximately 40 to 50 different types of canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards will be available for attendees to try out.
  • Cinco Ranch High School Natatorium, Katy, Texas: 4th Annual Make a Splash Water Safety Event will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. The event will feature several interactive water safety activities for children and adults.

Take a moment to watch the powerful "Lost on the Lake" testimonial video that could save your life or the life of someone you love. (Produced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Operations Center for Water Safety in cooperation with the Brian and Nathan Keese Family.)