Partner Toolkit

Wear Your Life Jacket at Work Day
National Safe Boating Week

Local Outreach

More boaters are on the water than ever before! For the annual celebration of Wear Your Life Jacket at Work Day and National Safe Boating Week, the National Safe Boating Council encourages boating enthusiasts to share with their local community about responsible boating via social media, launch point reminders, outreach events, vessel safety checks, and more. This toolkit includes a selection of resources: talking points, daily social media posts, template press announcements, fact sheets, videos, images, and more!

Visit our Resources page for additional resources.

Important Information

Become A Partner

Organizations may register to be listed in our online partner database, and be the first to know about new resources.  The Safe Boating Campaign provides partners with a unified brand and a variety of resources to educate boaters in their community.

Brand Guidelines

As a Safe Boating Campaign partner, you are equipped with a recognized brand to use in your local community. In addition to our resources, we encourage you to create your own resources in accordance with the Safe Boating Campaign brand guidelines.

Wear Your Life Jacket at Work Day

We encourage all boaters to participate in Wear Your Life Jacket at Work Day on May 17, 2024, the day before National Safe Boating Week. No matter where boaters are 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.

How to Participate

Boaters share a picture of themselves wearing a life jacket at work (or home) on social media along with the hashtag #wearyourlifejacketatworkday and tag @boatingcampaign (Facebook, X, 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 including dry bags, stickers, and more!

National Safe Boating Week

May 18-24, 2024
#safeboating

Each year the third Saturday in May starts National Safe Boating Week, the kick-off of the annual Safe Boating Campaign. It runs through the following Friday to serve as an important boating safety reminder before the Memorial Day weekend. The Safe Boating Campaign continues throughout the year with various events and activities

How to Participate

1. Become a partner and recruit others to help you.

2.  Host a local event using the Sample Partner Plan.

3.  Request a proclamation from your local or state official using the template National Safe Boating Week proclamation.

4.  Contact your local newspaper and share a letter to the editor.

5.  Customize the local press release for your community and share with local media.

6.  Encourage your local media to share the print and radio PSAs.

7.  Share about National Safe Boating Week in your organization’s newsletter.

8.  Share the social media daily images during National Safe Boating Week.

9. Take the pledge to always wear a life jacket while boating, and share with others.

10.  Follow and share content from the Safe Boating Campaign on Facebook, X, and Instagram.

*Please note, some of these activities require lead time to plan. See the Sample Partner Plan for a suggested timeline.

*Following are additional resources to support your local outreach efforts.

Resources

Messaging

Social Media Daily Images
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May 18 Post

Always wear a life jacket! #safeboating #nationalsafeboatingweek

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

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May 19 Post

An ECOS matters – use it. #safeboating #nationalsafeboatingweek #getconnected

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May 20 Post

File a float plan – let someone know when and where you’re boating. #safeboating #nationalsafeboatingweek

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May 21 Post

Never boat under the influence. #safeboating #nationalsafeboatingweek

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May 22 Post

Prepare for the unexpected. #safeboating #nationalsafeboatingweek

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May 23 Post

Take a safe boating course. #safeboating #nationalsafeboatingweek

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May 24 Post

Always pay attention and maintain full visibility when operating a vessel. #safeboating #nationalsafeboatingweek

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Boating Badge
Add a Safe Boating Campaign badge to any photo of your choice and share on social media.

Radio Spots

Animated Video PSAs
Select a video and view suggested social media post and video link at the bottom of the row of images.

Be Aware of Carbon Monoxide While Boating

[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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Wear It Reminder 10×14″

Wear It Reminder 24×18″

Placement

Billboard, kiosk, window display, social media, other

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Wear It | Outdoors

Placement

Billboard, kiosk, window display, social media, other

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Wear It | Bucket List

Placement

Billboard, kiosk, window display, social media, other

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Wear It | Icecream

Placement

Billboard, kiosk, window display, social media, other

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Wear It | No Wake

Additional Images
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More Free Resources

Logos, ads, infographics, images, videos, audio spots, and more.

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