National Safe Boating Week

May 20-26, 2023

Erwin Marine joins other boating professionals and outdoor enthusiasts to heighten awareness of available life jacket styles and demonstrate their comfort and versatility by wearing them to work. This annual event is hosted by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) and serves as a fun, educational element just prior to National Safe Boating Week, May 20-26, the official launch of the 2023 Safe Boating Campaign. Educating the boating public about the safety and comfort of life jackets has been the campaign's main focus.

To kick off National Safe Boating Week, WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET AT WORK DAY will take place on Friday, May 19 and Erwin Marine is giving away 2 inflatable life jackets!

Safety starts with you. Make sure you and your friends always have properly fitting life jackets on while enjoying a day on the water.

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Wear a life jacket.

No matter what activity you have planned on the water, always remember to wear a life jacket every time you are on the water. Accidents on the water can happen much too fast to reach and put on a stowed life jacket.

Make sure your life jacket is U.S. Coast Guard approved, appropriate for your water activity and fits properly.

A life jacket that is too large or too small can cause different situational problems.

Know state boating laws.

Rules and laws can differ from state to state and violations can result in ticketing, fines or jail time.

Take a boating safety course.

Learn valuable tips that can help save your life in unexpected situations by taking a NASBLA (National Association of Boating Law Administrators) approved boating safety course. Many courses are online, and will save you money on your boat insurance.

Make sure your boat is prepared.

There are many items that need to be checked and rechecked on any boat. Schedule a Vessel Safety Check with your local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons before you hit the water. Every Vessel Safety Check is conducted 100 percent free of charge.

Be sure to know your boat’s capacity.

If you have too much on your boat, the boat may become unstable and capsize.

Check the weather, including the water temperature.

Know the latest marine weather forecast prior to going out, and keep a regular check for changing conditions.

Dress properly.

Always dress for the weather, wearing layers if cooler weather, and bring an extra set of clothes in case you get wet.

Always file a float plan.

File a float plan with someone you trust that includes details about the trip, boat, persons, towing or trailer vehicle, communication equipment, and emergency contacts. Find out more at

Always follow navigation rules.

Know the “Rules of the Road” such as operator’s responsibility, maintaining a proper lookout, safe speed, crossing, meeting head-on, and overtaking situations. Know what’s going on around you at all times, and always travel at safe speeds for the environment. Find out more at

Don’t drink while you boat.

Where the primary cause was known, alcohol was listed as a leading factor in boating-related deaths. Find out more at

Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Gasoline-powered engines on boats, including onboard generators, produce carbon monoxide (CO), a colorless and odorless gas that can poison or kill someone who breathes too much of it. Be sure to install and maintain a working CO detector, never block exhaust outlets, and always dock, beach, or anchor at least 20 feet away from the nearest boat that is running a generator or engine.

Keep in touch.

Communication devices can be the most important piece of emergency equipment on board a vessel, especially in case of emergency. Be sure to have at least two communication devices that work when wet, such as satellite phones, emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRB), VHF radios, and personal locator beacons (PLB). And, know how to use it.