Mead's Safe Boating Day May 20th

Free Life Jackets, Boating Safety Information, Media Boat Demos All Part

Published online: Apr 27, 2006 News
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May 20th Safe Boating Day on Lake Mead in Nevada offers visitors a chance to win a Sea-Doo, houseboat vacation, rafting trips and more.

WHAT:

The Lake Mead Safe Boating Partnership will kick-off the first day of

2006 National Safe Boating Week with its first public event - "Safe

Boating Day" - on May 20th at Lake Mead's Hemenway Harbor. The many

activities will include life jacket instruction (free life jackets for

the first 250 attendees), at-the-water boating safety and training for

personal watercraft (PWC), vessel safety checks provided by the U.S.

Power Squadrons, safety demonstrations for all boats including

houseboats, kayaks and canoes, and boat launching demos. Admission to

Lake Mead will be free for all Safe Boating Day participants.  Attendees

who show proof of successful completion of any U.S. Coast Guard or

National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA)

approved boating safety and take the May 20th "at-the-water mini course"

will be eligible to win a brand new 2006 Sea-Doo GTI personal

watercraft, a family houseboat vacation, or a Colorado River rafting

trip or kayak tour.

  

WHO:  

Park Officials from Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Representatives from the California Department of Boating and Waterways,

Nevada Department of Wildlife, Arizona Game and Fish Department, and the

Personal Watercraft Industry Association

           

WHEN:            

Saturday May 20, 2006

10 AM - 2:00 PM

 

WHERE:          

Hemenway Harbor, Lake Mead (Nevada)

 

WHY:  

National Safe Boating Week takes place May 20-26, before Memorial Day

weekend, the unofficial start of the boating season.  About 8-10 million

people visit Lake Mead National Recreation Area each year, many from

California.  On a busy weekend, up to 5,000 vessels can be on the lakes

in the Recreation Area.   Sadly, however, boating accidents do occur -

many of which are preventable if boaters learn how to become safer

boaters.  According to the U.S. Coast Guard, nearly 90 percent of those

who drowned in 2004 were not wearing a lifejacket. On May 20, we will

share some potentially life-saving "safe boating tips" with your

audience that can help improve safety and reduce accidents on the water.

 

Launched in January 2006 by the National Park Service, the California

Department of Boating and Waterways, the Arizona Game & Fish Department,

the Nevada Department of Wildlife, and the Personal Watercraft Industry

Association, the Lake Mead Safe Boating Partnership aims to improve

safety and reduce boating accidents and fatalities at Lakes Mead and

Mohave. 

For information visit www.boatlakemead.com.

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