The 2012 National Safe Boating Week runs Saturday, May 19, through May 25.
To kick it off, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Lake Wylie Flotilla 26-02 and Lake Wylie Marina will hold a boating safety showcase event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, with games and prizes for children, and a special appearance by Sammy the Sea Otter at the marina.
Learn knot tying, marine radio operation, safe paddling skills and more at the demonstration tables.
Free boat safety exams will be provided by our Coast Guard Auxiliary examiners.
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There also will be a group photo opportunity to be part of the world record for the most people wearing life jackets at one time.
This year during National Safe Boating Week, and throughout the boating season, the National Safe Boating Council is working with partner organizations to encourage safe and responsible boating, including the practice of always wearing a life jacket, and being alert and aware while on the water. This year’s promotion is “Wear It!” About 500 people drown each year from recreational boating accidents, so it is imperative to wear a life jacket at all times while on the water.
“Accidents on the water can happen much too fast to reach and put on a stowed life jacket,” said Virgil Chambers, executive director of the National Safe Boating Council. “It’s important that everyone wears a life jacket while on the water. There’s no reason why you, your family and friends, can’t have fun on the water while also choosing to always wear a life jacket.”