The United States Coast Guard reported 4,604 recreational boating accidents in 2010. These accidents included 672 deaths, 3,153 injuries and nearly $35.5 million dollars in property damages. (See, USCG Recreational Boating Statistics 2010)
National Sea Scout Director Keith Christopher asks all Sea Scouts this summer to take the Safe Boating Pledge and wear a life jacket when they are on the water.
Sea Scouts have been dedicated to safe boating for the last 99 years. We ask Sea Scouts to record their crews taking the Safe Boating Pledge and share their Pledge on Facebook, YouTube or Twitter with the hashtag #seascouts.
Be creative, be original and help spread the word loud, fast and clear on the Safe Boating Pledge.
The National Sea Scout Committee will recognize creative and original “I Pledge” videos. Include your Ship website at the end of your video and post on the “Sea Scout Centennial Countdown” Facebook Fan Page to be considered.
The Safe Boating Pledge:
I pledge to boat safely each and every time I go out on the water, keeping myself, my family, my friends and fellow boaters from harm’s way. I will always boat responsibly by:
- Wearing my life jacket and ensuring that everyone on board wears their life jacket (when in a small boat, or operating in rough water or threatening weather conditions)
- Remaining sober and alert – remembering that the use of alcohol contributes to accidents on the water
- Staying in control of my craft and respecting the right of others enjoying the waterways
- Knowing and obeying navigation rules, operating at a safe speed and maintaining a proper lookout