Stay Afloat and Know Before You Get on the Boat

Kansas City, Kan. — Tomorrow starts National Safe Boating Week and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges you to stay afloat with responsible recreation before you step on the boat.
The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers encourage all water-vessel operators and passengers to take the safe-boating pledge and exercise caution while enjoying their favorite water-based activities during this national effort recognized May 21-27, 2022 by the Safe Boating Council.
USACE is one of the nation’s leading providers of outdoor recreation with more than 400 lake and river projects, and wearing an approved life jacket is the simplest life-saving strategy for recreational boaters.
Some tips to help keep you afloat this summer:

  • Wear a life jacket in and around the water.
  • Learn how a properly fitting life jacket can make a difference.
  • Educate yourself with a boating class.
  • Check equipment.
  • Don’t boat under the influence.
  • Keep an eye on children and inexperienced swimmers.
  • Swim with a friend.
  • Watch the weather forecast.
  • Avoid water-based activities during severe weather.
  • It only takes seconds to drown. It takes an average of 60 seconds for an adult to drown and just 20 seconds for a child to drown.

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