Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29, kicks off the summer boating season for much of America. If you have a boat and the sun is shining, it’s a good bet you will be out on the water over the long holiday weekend. That’s why the non-profit Sea Tow Foundation is urging boaters to stay safe this Memorial Day weekend through its second annual national Designated Skipper Campaign.
Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents where the primary cause was known, according to 2014 U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics. The Designated Skipper Campaign’s goal is to eliminate boating under the influence (BUI) and alcohol-related accidents on the water while keeping boating fun for everyone.
Take the pledge to designate a sober skipper by visiting DesignatedSkipper.com before you leave the dock.
As part of the Designated Skipper campaign, which is supported by a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund as administered by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Sea Tow Foundation has produced a terrific video about a father takes the Designated Skipper pledge in order to keep his children safe on the water. Check it out at http://boatingsafety.com/designated-skipper-family/