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At the National Safe Boating Council, we believe wearing a life jacket is the simplest way to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones while enjoying a day on the water.

It’s tempting to not wear a life jacket while on the water, especially on nice days. You want to get some sun, you think you’ll get too hot, or you think you’re a strong swimmer. But whether you’re going fishing or just enjoying a ride on the boat, there’s never an excuse to not wear a life jacket. Accidents happen in an instant. Make it a habit. Always wear a life jacket.

According to recent U.S. Coast Guard statistics:

Drowning was the reported cause of the death in 80 percent of all boating fatalities in 2016

(four out of every five people drowned)

Of those, 83 percent were reported as not wearing their life jackets

Two-thirds of drowning victims are good swimmers

The Safe Boating Campaign is a worldwide effort focused on responsible boating, encouraging boaters to always wear a life jacket while on the water.

The Safe Boating Campaign is led by the National Safe Boating Council, with support from boating safety advocates around the world. It is produced under a grant from the Sports Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. In addition to encouraging boaters to always wear a life jacket, the campaign reminds boaters of making responsible boating decisions a daily habit, such as never boating under the influence, using an engine cut-off device, knowing navigational rules, and more.

The annual campaign kicks off the weekend before Memorial Day with National Safe Boating Week and continues throughout the year with various events and activities.