•   Why Participate?  
    Water-related accidents are the second leading cause of accidental death among people aged 4–19. The Division of Boating and Waterways believes safety lessons learned and practiced at an early age serve to protect individuals throughout life; therefore, the primary goal of this contest is to teach students to be safe and wise when near or in the water.

    Boating and water-related activities are predominantly recreational, so students enjoy learning aquatic safety skills that prepare them for aquatic recreation.

    Furthermore, the contest-type format turns students into teachers as they pass on their water safety knowledge to all who view their work.

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