National Safe Boating Week 2019: How to Do Your Part

Each May, the National Safe Boating Council launches a week-long initiative to raise awareness of the importance of lifejacket safety. This year’s global action, dubbed National Safe Boating Week 2019, focuses on responsible boating and encourages boaters to always wear a life jacket on the water. You can help raise awareness of National Safe Boating Week 2019 and boat safety by attending events and getting involved on social media.


  • On May 17, 2019, wear your life jacket for the working day. Snap a picture of you wearing your life jacket at work and share it on social media using the hashtags # lifejacket2work and #safeboating.
  • May 18th to 24th, 2019 is the National Safe Boating Week 2019.
  • Various dates: Ready, ready, wear. Events hosted by boat safety advocates that may be a stand-alone event or be incorporated into other local outreach efforts. It is celebrated on different days throughout the summer.
  • June 1-9, 2019 is the national fishing and boating week.

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Post your photos for safe boating or use the Safe Boating Campaign’s free images and educational infographics. You can also follow the Safe Boating Campaign accounts and share their fantastic posts. Make sure to use the hashtags!

Facebook: Campaign for Safe Boating Instagram: @boatingcampaign Twitter: Hashtags from BoatingCampaign
General hashtag: #Safeboating Wear your life jacket for the working day: # lifejacket2work National Safe Boating week: #safeboatingweek Ready, ready, wear: # RSWI2019

National Safe Boating Week: Boating Safety Data

The aim is to encourage boaters and passengers to wear a life jacket at all times while boating. Here are some facts from the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2017 recreational craft safety statistics. You can find more helpful facts, resources, and information on the Safe Boating Campaign website.

  • Drowning is the reported cause of death in 76% of all boating deaths.
  • 84.5% of the drowning victims in recreational boating accidents did not wear a life jacket.
  • Drowning was cited as the cause of death in 76% of all deaths (four in five people died as a result of drowning).
  • About 84.5% of those who drowned did not wear life jackets.
  • In 2017, the Coast Guard counted 4,291 accidents with 658 deaths, 2,629 injuries and property damage of around 46 million US dollars as a result of accidents involving pleasure boats.

Today’s life jackets are much more advanced than they used to be. You can find comfortable, lightweight, and stylish options at your local ship supply dealer or even online. As a general reminder, make sure your boat is properly registered and consider taking a boat safety course near you. Happy National Safe Boating Week!


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