National Safe Boating Week - May 21 - 27, 2023

National Safe Boating Week 

Mayor Barbara Blain-Bellamy issued a proclamation recognizing the week of May 21-27, 2023, as Safe Boating Week in the City of Conway. Mayor Pro Tem Justin Jordan presented the proclamation in a recent City Council Meeting.

Now is a great time to brush up on safe boating skills and prepare for the boating season.
-Take a boating safety course. Gain valuable knowledge and on-water experience in a boating safety course with many options for novice to experienced boaters.

-Check equipment. Schedule a free vessel safety check with local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons to make sure all essential equipment is present, working and in good condition.

-Make a float plan. Always let someone on shore know the trip itinerary, including operator and passenger information, boat type and registration, and communication equipment on board.

-Wear a life jacket. Make sure everyone wears a life jacket – every time. A stowed life jacket is no use in an emergency.

-Use an engine cut-off device – it’s the law. An engine cut-off device, or engine cut-off switch, is a proven safety device to stop the boat’s engine should the operator unexpectedly fall overboard.
-Watch the weather. Always check the forecast before departing on the water and frequently during the excursion.

-Know what’s going on around you at all times. Nearly a quarter of all reported boating accidents in 2020 were caused by operator inattention or improper lookout.

-Know where you’re going and travel at safe speeds. Be familiar with the area, local boating speed zones and always travel at a safe speed.

-Never boat under the influence. A BUI is involved in one-third of all recreational boating fatalities. Always designate a sober skipper.

-Keep in touch.Have more than one communication device that works when wet. VHF radios, emergency locator beacons, satellite phones, and cell phones can all be important devices in an emergency.