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May 20-26 is National Safe Boating Week

May 20-26 is National Safe Boating Week

PIERRE, S.D. – Join the United States Coast Guard and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) in celebrating National Safe Boating Week May 20-26, 2017.

“This year’s theme is ‘Wear it!’ We want to help educate all South Dakotans about safe boating practices and the different styles and proper fits of various life jackets,” said Joe Keeton, GFP boating law administrator.

Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day is Friday, May 19. Post photos to the Ready, Set, Wear It! Facebook page or submit them to outreach@safeboatingcouncil.org.

Use the hashtags #RSWI2017 and #safeboating throughout the week.

Keep in mind these basic boating tips:

1. Wearing life jackets saves lives – wear yours.
2. Boating education saves lives – take a class.
3. Safe boats save lives – get a vessel safety check.
4. Sober boating saves lives – don’t drink or use drugs and boat.

For more information about boating and life jacket safety visit gfp.sd.gov/fishing-boating/boating/boating-safety-tips.aspx and safeboatingcampaign.com.


GFP Mission: The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks provides sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors.