National Safe Boating Week Is May 20-26

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 19, 2017

Participants wear a life jacket to work, demonstrating how easy to wear one, even while at work.

"Michigan is made for boating", said Lt. Tom Wanless, state boating law administrator with the DNR. Saturday, May 20, marks the start of National Safe Boating Week and the DNR wants all MI residents and visitors to have fun while exercising caution and obeying the law. Following the law and taking simple precautions will help ensure that your boating experience goes as planned.

The Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day is Friday, with the goal of demonstrating how easy it is to wear a life jacket.

Although 2016 U.S. Coast Guard statistics have not been released yet, in 2015 drowning was the reported cause of death in three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities, and 85 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets. In addition to legally required equipment, such as life jackets and fire extinguishers, always carry a first-aid kit, nautical charts and an anchor.

Stay alert while boating as well. Make sure navigation lights work properly.

Alex Hinson, Boating Education Coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said it's important for program participants to know that everyone who takes the course still must pass an in-person exam at a testing site.

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