UNITED STATES COAST GUARD AUXILIARY
OPERATION BOAT SMART
BOAT SMART FROM THE START
NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK
19-25 MAY 07
2007 NORTH AMERICAN
SAFE BOATING CAMPAIGN
2007 National Safe Boating Week is May 19 – May 25, 2007
With the approach of the new season of recreational boating, we begin to look forward to the relaxation and enjoyment we receive while on the water. Each year we work towards educating Americans about the importance of boating safely so that every individual can take pleasure in our nation's safe and secure waters. By informing the public about the responsible boating you are making a difference by saving lives and helping others to learn about the importance of boating safety. This year we would like to ask for your continued assistance in this endeavor to ensure that using our waterways remain a privilege that can be enjoyed by all.
The celebration of the 2007 National Safe Boating Week is May 19th-25th, during which we will continue to emphasize life jacket wear through the message "Boat Smart. Boat Safe. Wear It!" We believe that simplifying the message to focus specifically on the use of life jackets creates a more effective way to reach the boating community and have them retain this information. In addition, we are trying to stress the need for safe and responsible boating from the community so that our boating official will be able to focus on keeping our waters safe.
Recent Coast Guard statistics reveal that there were 703 recreational boating fatalities on the water in 2003. Of those fatalities, 86% were not wearing life jackets. Overall, fatal accident data show approximately 416 lives could have been saved last year if boaters had worn their life jackets. We have an obligation to the boating community to educate them on how to boat safely and to wear their life jackets so that these numbers can begin to steadily decline. By working together we can inform our communities that boating is a safe activity that can be enjoyed by all as long as it is done responsibly.
Although the kick-off of boating season begins with the 2007 North American Safe Boating Campaign, the message "Boat Smart. Boat Safe. Wear It!" should be emphasized throughout the entire year. We want safe boating to become a common, everyday practice. Working together, our personal efforts will let marine law enforcement and Coast Guard personnel stay focused and available to respond to suspicious activities, instead of performing rescues that could have been avoided. Use your materials to promote this message during traditionally busy boating weekends such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day, as well as the rest of the boating season.
These campaign materials were made possible through a grant from the Aquatic Resources (Wallop-Breaux) Trust Fund, administered by the United States Coast Guard. Please, take advantage of the services offered by your local Coast Guard District Boating Safety and Public Affairs Office, Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadrons, State Boating Offices, and member organizations of the National Safe Boating Council.
Thank you for your commitment and dedication to boating safety. With your assistance we are sure to make a difference and save lives!
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard
If you have any questions about the campaign, or its materials, please contact the National Safe Boating Council at (703) 361-4294 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Safe Boating Week is one of the many Operation Boat Smart activities you can participate in.
The lead sponsor is The National Safe Boating Council. They will provide free posters, brochures, and sample press releases.
Their website has all the information you need to promote a PFD Fashion Show, A Vessel Safety Check Day, or any number of other USCG Aux Activities that can occur during this Week. Get involved.
Click on the link below for more boating safety information.
USCG Office of Boating Safety
We Need You -- The Coast Guard Auxiliary is called upon to provide essential services to the Coast Guard as they focus more heavily on their military missions. We need all the help we can get. You needn't own a boat or be an experienced boater, since our missions are wide-ranging. For information about Auxiliary missions and the Auxiliary in general, go to our Join the Auxiliary web page. You will find there a form through which you can ask that a local Auxiliarist make contact with you to explore the ways in which you can assist Team Coast Guard. To learn more go to Charting Your Course in the USCG Auxiliary.
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