Sea Tow Kicks of National Safe Boating Week

Sea Tow Kicks of National Safe Boating Week

The Sea Tow Foundation and Sea Tow urge boaters to practice safety on the water as National Safe Boating Week kicks off May 18 – 24, 2024. “As we approach the peak boating season, it’s crucial for boaters to prioritize safety on the water,” says Gail R. Kulp, executive director of the Sea Tow Foundation. “National Safe Boating Week provides an excellent opportunity for boaters to review safety guidelines and take necessary precautions to prevent accidents and injuries.”

Over 4,000 boating accidents and 600 fatalities occur each year, reports the U.S. Coast Guard. Many of these can be prevented with proper safety measures and knowledge of safe boating practices. National Safe Boating Week reminds boaters to refresh their knowledge of procedures and protocols and ensure they have the necessary equipment onboard for a safe and enjoyable experience.

In support of National Safe Boating Week, Sea Tow captains around the country are sharing their top boat safety tips, such as always having an anchor ready, having the proper lighting for all conditions, carrying a tarp in your ditch bag, and more.

“If your boat is running, make sure to stay on board! Jumping out of a running boat can lead to serious injuries, increase the danger of drowning and separate you from your boat, putting you and others at risk,” shares Captain Eduardo Barreto of Sea Tow Key Biscayne, Florida.

“Never allow children or other occupants to bow ride with their legs or bodies hanging over the front of the boat. In many places it’s illegal, but in all places, it’s a recipe for disaster,” adds Captain Ramsey Chason, Sea Tow Cape and Islands, Massachusetts and Sea Tow Rhode Island

“Make sure to add the ‘if found please call stickers’ on all SUPs, kayaks and non-motorized boats. If they simply blow away and are found adrift in the water or on a beach, the information on the sticker could prevent a search and rescue operation,” encourages Captain John Bilski of Sea Tow Southern Connecticut. 

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