Prepare to participate in the boating safety awareness event of the year! As a kickoff for this year’s National Safe Boating Week (May 20–26, 2017), the National Safe Boating Council and Canadian Safe Boating Council will host the seventh annual Ready, Set, Wear It! Life Jacket World Record Day on May 20.

This one-day event is part of the North American Safe Boating Campaign, a yearlong effort which brings together boating safety partners across the U.S. and Canada to promote safe and responsible boating, including voluntary, consistent wear of life jackets.

To make this event a success, we need your help!

Ready, Set, Wear It! is about raising awareness about the importance of wearing a life jacket. On May 17, 2015 we made history when 10,917 participants at 257 events around the world participated in this fun and educational world record event. Nearly 37,000 people have participated in the world record event since 2010 and, the NSBC, through this one-day event, has been recognized by ASAE – the Center for Association Leadership, a leading association, for the “Power to Make a Better World.”

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, we’re asking boating safety educators and partner organizations to organize an event in their community. Boaters will gather across the world to inflate their own inflatable life jacket or to wear an inherently buoyant life jacket, helping to heighten awareness of different life jacket types and boating safety issues and go for a world record along the way.

It’s always a good idea to inspect each of your life jackets to ensure they’re in good condition and test your inflatable life jacket each year – now you have a chance to do it! In addition to free replacement cylinders for demonstration purposes, we provided you with all of the information and details you need to organize and participate in this event at

Join us to make your mark in history. Help us break the world record!