Partner Toolkit

National Safe Boating Week
May 22-28, 2021

 

 

More boaters are on the water than ever before! For the 2021 annual celebration of National Safe Boating Week, the National Safe Boating Council encourages boating enthusiasts to communicate with their local community about responsible boating via digital outreach,  launch point reminders, outreach events, vessel safety checks, and more. Boating and fishing access may vary, so please follow state and local guidance.

This FREE toolkit includes: talking points, suggested social media posts, template press announcements, fact sheets, videos, images, and more! Visit our Resources main toolkit for additional resources.

Important Information

Water Access

In many areas, the water is open. It’s more important than ever that boaters are responsible to limit unnecessary risk to other boaters, themselves, law enforcement, and first responders. Boating and fishing access will vary, so please follow state and local guidance.

In-Person Events

In following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, please use caution for any in-person events and follow state and local public health guidance (such as Ready, Set, Wear Life Jacket Days; vessel safety checks; and other events.

Wear Your Life Jacket at Work Day

We encourage all boaters to participate in Wear Your Life Jacket at Work Day on May 21, 2021, the day before National Safe Boating Week. No matter where boaters are safely working, they can join in the fun by wearing their life jacket and posting creative pictures on social media for a chance to win a prize.

This is a great way to encourage others to boat responsibly, including following state and local guidance for boating.

How to Participate

Boaters share a picture of themselves wearing a life jacket at work (or home) on social media along with the hashtag #lifejacketatwork and tag @boatingcampaign (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram).

Don’t use social media? Email photos to outreach@safeboatingcouncil.org.

Chance to Win a Prize

Winners will be chosen randomly throughout the day to receive boating swag from the Safe Boating Campaign, such as t-shirts, dry bags, first aid kits, stickers, and more.

National Safe Boating Week

May 22-28, 2021
#safeboating

Following are resources for Wear Your Life Jacket at Work Day and National Safe Boating Week.

Download the Template Partner Outreach Plan for ideas.

Resources

Messaging

Profile Picture Frames

Add a Safe Boating Campaign frame to your Facebook profile picture.

1) Go to www.facebook.com/profilepicframes.

2) Type “Safe Boating Campaign” in the “Search for themes, owner names, and more” search bar.

3) Select your Safe Boating Campaign frame!

Life Jacket Label

Did you know there is a new life jacket label?

The label is being phased in and you may see it printed on the inside of a new life jacket.

The new label DOES NOT make obsolete life jackets with the old label.

Always look for a life jacket that is U.S. Coast Guard approved.

Remember, the best life jacket is one you wear!

Life Jacket Label Flyer / Infographic

Educational Presentation

 

Audio Clips

Animated Video PSAs

Communication While Boating | VHF Radio and PLB

[No signal cell] Out boating, don’t let this be you. Have a VHF radio and a personal locator beacon. Don’t depend on a cell phone for communication.

Watch on YouTube

Download on Vimeo

Distracted Boating is Deadly | Always Be Aware

Distracted boating can be deadly. As captain of your boat, it is your responsibility to always be aware. Look in all directions for boats, paddlers, swimmers, and objects you could strike. Listen and always err on the side of caution.

Watch on YouTube

Download on Vimeo

Real Boaters Wear Life Jackets | Wear It

Real boaters wear a life jacket. Accidents happen quickly – if you’re not wearing your life jacket, you won’t have time to put it on. Life jackets are for everyone, regardless of your age or swimming ability. Always wear it!

Watch on YouTube

Download on Vimeo

Engine Cut-Off Device | Man Overboard

An engine cut-off device will stop the boat’s engine should the operator – or even passengers – unexpectedly fall overboard. Whether you’re an experienced or new power-boater, always use an engine cut-off device.

Watch on YouTube

Download on Vimeo

Map Out Your Boating Trip | Have a Float Plan

Map out your boating adventure and let someone trustworthy know where you will be going and what time you expect to return. In the event of an emergency, the sooner rescuers can get to you, the more likely a better outcome.

Watch on YouTube

Download on Vimeo

 

Prepare to Go Paddling | Gear and Float Plan

Going paddling? Inspect your gear and know how to use it. Have a VHF radio and a personal locator beacon. Map out your trip and let someone trustworthy know the details of your trip. And, always, wear your life jacket.

Watch on YouTube

Download on Vimeo

Prepare for Boating Adventure | Gear

Whether you’re an experienced or new boater, make sure you have your safety equipment and know how to use it. Life jacket, whistle or horn, flares, and personal locator beacon are just few of the items a real boater always has ready. Be prepared for your boating adventure.

Watch on YouTube

Download on Vimeo

Posters and Signs
Click on an image to view sign placement ideas and to download the image (appears after image row).

 

Placement

Launch point, yard sign, kiosk, window display, other

Download

Wear It Reminder 10×14″

Wear It Reminder 24×18″

 

Placement

Billboard, kiosk, window display, social media, other

Download

Wear It Out | Brushing Teeth to Fishing

 

Placement

Billboard, kiosk, window display, social media, other

Download

Wear It Out | Dog Walking and PWC

 

Placement

Billboard, kiosk, window display, social media, other

Download

Wear It Out | Work and Kayak

 

Placement

Billboard, kiosk, window display, social media, other

Download

Wear It Out | Yoga to SUP

Social Media Daily Images
Click on an image to view the daily social media post and to download the image (appears after image row).

May 22 Post

Raise your hand if you took a safe boating course & got a vessel safety check. We did! #safeboating #nationalsafeboatingweek

Download Image

Facebook

Twitter

May 23 Post

Heading out on the water for some social distancing? Make sure you wear a life jacket and have other required boating gear. #safeboating

Download Image

Facebook

Twitter

May 24 Post

Be sure everyone wears a U.S. Coast Guard approved, properly fitting life jacket while boating. #safeboating

For life jacket fit facts visit: https://safeboatingcampaign.com/life-jackets/

Download Image

Facebook

Twitter

May 25 Post

There are many dangers to boating under the influence. Protect your life and others – never BUI! #safeboating #opdrywater #boatsober

Download Image

Facebook

Twitter

May 26 Post

Check the latest weather forecast before you leave shore. Hop on over to weather.gov for the latest updates. #safeboating

Tag: @U.S. National Weather Service on Facebook and @NWS on Twitter

Download Image

Facebook

Twitter

May 27 Post

Did you know the environment may stress your body & mind enough to make the risk of an accident much greater while boating? #safeboating

Download Image

Facebook

Twitter

May 28 Post

Always maintain a proper lookout and be aware of other boaters and the environment while boating. #safeboating

Download Image

Facebook

Twitter

Social Media Daily Infographics
Click on an image to view the daily social media post and to download the infographic (appears after image row).

May 22 Post

Raise your hand if you took a safe boating course & got a vessel safety check. We did! #safeboating #nationalsafeboatingweek

Download Image

Facebook

Twitter

May 23 Post

Heading out on the water for some social distancing? Make sure you wear a life jacket and have other required boating gear. #safeboating

Download Image

Facebook

Twitter

May 24 Post

Be sure everyone wears a U.S. Coast Guard approved, properly fitting life jacket while boating. #safeboating

For life jacket fit facts visit: https://safeboatingcampaign.com/life-jackets/

 

Download Image

Facebook

Twitter

May 25 Post

There are many dangers to boating under the influence. Protect your life and others – never BUI! #safeboating #opdrywater #boatsober

Download Image

Facebook

Twitter

May 26 Post

Check the latest weather forecast before you leave shore. Hop on over to weather.gov for the latest updates. #safeboating

Tag: @U.S. National Weather Service on Facebook and @NWS on Twitter

Download Image

Facebook

Twitter

May 27 Post

Did you know the environment may stress your body & mind enough to make the risk of an accident much greater while boating? #safeboating

Download Image

Facebook

Twitter

May 28 Post

Always maintain a proper lookout and be aware of other boaters and the environment while boating. #safeboating

Download Image

Facebook

Twitter

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