National Safety Month 2016 in Lake County

Ahoy matey! All aboard the water conjunction.

With all of the water around Lake County and the influence of Naval Base Great Lakes everyone is steering portside and starboard in a vessel in one of 75 lakes in our area.

But before you go off the deep end, remember that this month marks North American Safe Boating. Nobody wants something to happen while you’re enjoying the rampant and/or serene waters.

National Safe Boating Week stretches from May 21-27, but it’s a practice that we need to instill for more than just one week. The ‘Wear it!’ Campaign promotes boating safety and life jacket safety by encouraging boaters to wear life jackets.

Start off the boating season by helping set the next world record for the most life jackets worn at the same time – which is May 21. Ready, Set, Wear it! Is the moniker for Life Jacket World Record Day on the aforementioned day.

The efforts of the campaign is to educate the public about life jacket wear and safe boating. In the 2015 edition of this campaign, over 10,000 participated in this event. Let’s break that record this year!

While we’re on the subject here are some of your upcoming boating and fishing events in Lake County this month. Happy Boating and Safe Travels out there on the waters!

QuickStart Kayak
May 15; 9 am - Noon

Annual Carp Fishing Derby
May 21; 7:30 - 9:30 am

Lion Pride Big Bass Tournament
May 21; 6:30 am

59th Annual Des Plaines River Canoe and Kayak Marathon
May 22; 8 am

Paddle the Big Canoe: Independence Grove
May 25; 6:30-8:30 pm


 


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