On Friday, May 20, if you walk into my office, you’ll find me working at my desk in a life jacket.
Yes, you read that correctly – a life jacket. And no, I didn’t get too much sun on the river. I’m doing my part to promote boating safety.
That Friday will mark the unofficial start of National Safe Boating Week, a nationwide effort to promote safe practices among all kinds of boaters, from pontoon boats to kayaks.
National Safe Boating Week was started in the late 1950s by the Eisenhower Administration, in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard.
Originally the first week in June, it was moved in the 1990s to the week before Memorial Day, which is considered the unofficial start of the summer boating season.
The statistics don’t lie – wearing a life jacket on the water will save your life.