National Safe Boating Week

National Safe Boating Week runs from May 19 – May 25, 2012. Every year around this time, before Memorial Day weekend and the start of the summer season, the North American Safe Boating Campaign gears up to spread the message of safe and responsible boating.

The most basic rule whenever you do any type of boating, paddling, or sailing is that you must have a personal floatation device for every person. No exceptions! Remember the Titanic; an accident might happen when you least expect it, so you need to be prepared. You don’t want to find yourself in an emergency situation without a life jacket. Modern designs are comfortable, stylish, and made to be worn. Children should wear a properly fitted life vest and keep it on at all times.

For more information, check out the resources below: – Boating fun with a purpose! With games, cartoons, and educational activities about boating for all ages, Boating Safety Sidekicks is a must visit page for the whole family! – FREE ACTIVITY PAGES to download, provided by the Boating Safety Sidekicks “Ready, Set, Wear It!” initiative. – FREE COLORING PAGES to download, provided by the Boating Safety Sidekicks “Ready, Set, Wear It!” initiative. – Click on a state to learn more about safe boating in your area, from the Boating Safety Sidekicks. – Visit the official site for the North American Safe Boating campaign where you can download posters, educational resources, and access a whole page of public service announcements about boating safety.

Your body goes through more than you’d expect while boating! Watch this 11-minute video to learn what happens, and how to avoid having an “almost” perfect day on the water…

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