Child safety group offers tips for National Safe Boating Week

May 18, 2011

Washington – Safe Kids USA is cautioning families to stay safe on the water during National Safe Boating Week, recognized May 21-27.

Safe Kids encourages boaters to take a boating education class and have their boat undergo a vessel safety check before hitting the water. Free annual checks are provided by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Safe Kids also recommends these tips to keep children safe near the water:

  • Be sure children on boats or near open bodies of water wear the correct size and type of life jacket as approved by the Coast Guard.
  • Actively supervise children in and around open water, appointing a designated watcher to provide undivided attention.
  • Enroll your children in swimming lessons once they reach age 4. Teach them how to tread water, float and stay near the shore.
  • Make sure children only swim in areas specifically designated for swimming.
  • Teach children to be aware of uneven surfaces, currents, undertow and changing weather when swimming in open water.
  • Do not allow children to operate watercraft such as Jet Skis. These are intended for adults and require special training.
  • Teach children never to dive into oceans, lakes or rivers.