Governor Signs National Safe Boating Week Proclamation

In an effort to help promote safe boating on Nevada’s waters, Governor Steve Sisolak has signed a proclamation endorsing Nevada’s participation in National Safe Boating Week (May 18-24), the official launch of the 2019 Safe Boating Campaign. 

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) along with local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are joining boating safety advocates across the U.S. and Canada to promote safe and responsible boating. 

“This year looks as if it will be a great one for boating in Nevada,” said Game Warden Captain Brian Bowles, Boating Law Administrator for NDOW. “We want everyone to get out there and enjoy all Nevada has to offer, but we also want you and your family to come home safely, and the best way to do that is by taking a boating education course and wearing a life jacket.” 

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in four out of every five recreational boating fatalities in 2017, and that 84.5 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.  

The national effort in late May is the kick off for a number of programs conducted by NDOW, including life jacket “loaner” stations and a life jacket giveaway program. 

National Safe Boating Week is the official launch of the 2019 National Safe Boating Campaign. The yearlong campaign promotes safe and responsible boating and the value of voluntary life jacket wear by recreational boaters through the national theme, Wear It! 

“Our number one priority is to get more people to wear their life jacket,” said Bowles.  “People too often dismiss life jackets as uncomfortable, bulky, ugly orange things—but life jackets have come a long way in recent years.  New life jackets look great and are very comfortable, and most importantly, they are real life savers.” 

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) protects, conserves, manages and restores wildlife and its habitat for the aesthetic, scientific, educational, recreational, and economic benefits to citizens of Nevada and the United States, and to promote the safety of persons using vessels on the waters of Nevada. Find us on Facebook, Twitter or visit us at www.ndow.org.