Idaho is a boater’s paradise. Hundreds-of-thousands of motorized and non-motorized vessels take to Idaho waterways annually. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) would like to remind boater’s to “Wear It” – Always wear your life jacket.
May 17 – 23, 2014 is National Safe Boating Week and Idaho intends to participate with several events. A complete listing of events is available on the IDPR events calendar.
Boating safety partners across the U.S. and Canada are teaming up to promote safe and responsible boating, including consistent life jacket wear each and every time on the water.
“Life jackets are now more comfortable and lightweight than ever, with many new styles including suspender and fanny-pack. Make sure they are U.S.C.G. approved, said Juelie Traska, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) Boating Education Coordinator. “Drowning remains the primary cause of death in recreational boating accidents. Statistics released by the U.S. Coast Guard indicate that 85 percent of boaters who drowned in 2012 were not wearing their life jackets,” said Traska
As part of Safe Boating Week, IDPR is advising boaters to take the time to check safety gear, replace old life jackets, service boats and review boating laws before heading out for that first day on the water.
“This year during Safe Boating Week, and throughout the boating season remember to practice safe and responsible boating, always wear your life jacket, and be alert and aware while on the water,” said Traska. “By practicing these simple steps you can save your life as well as the lives of the people boating with you.”
IDPR recommends the four most important things a boater can do to reduce accidents and fatalities: Take a safe boating course, get a Vessel Safety Check, never boat under the influence of alcohol, drugs or prescription medications and WEAR your life jacket.
For additional information on Vessel Safety Checks and Safe Boating Courses in Idaho, visit www.boat.idaho.gov.