Virginia Safe Boating Information Sources for National Safe Boating Week, May 20-26, 2017

The 2017 National Safe Boating Week ran May 20-26.  Information on the week from the National Safe Boating Council is available online at http://www.safeboatingcouncil.org/.

The National Weather Service, in cooperation with the National Safe Boating Council, offers audio, video, and text information on specific topics for each day of the 2017 week (such as “Distress Beacons” for Sunday May 20 and “Fire Extinguishers” for Wednesday May 24), online at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/safeboating/week.shtml,

In Virginia, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries manages boating-safety regulations and education; that agency has information online at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/boating/.  The Virginia Marine Police, part of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, is also in involved in enforcement of laws concerning safe boating; information about the Marine Police is available online at http://www.mrc.virginia.gov/MP/leoverview.shtm.

U.S. Coast Guard boating-safety information is available online at http://www.uscgboating.org/.

For four quick audio takes on boating safety, have a listen to the following Virginia Water Radio episodes (click on the episode number/week):
Episode 111, 5-21-12 (3 minutes/12 seconds), focusing on the importance of life jackets to mark Safe Boating Week 2012, and featuring a National Safe Boating Council/National Weather Service audio Public Service Announcement;
Episode 131, 10-8-12 (3 minutes/10 seconds), focusing on an important but sometimes overlooked boating issue: safety around docks;
Episode 270, 6-15-15 (4 minutes/20 seconds), focusing on Operation Dry Water and boating under the influence;
Episode 370, 5-29-17 (4 minutes/5 seconds), with a music-based approach to mark Safe Boating Week 2017.

Boats-Dock Claytor Lake SP Marine Sep23 2012

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