We are delighted to have your students participate in the 16th Annual Safe & Wise Water Ways Poster Contest. This year the department is highlighting the following four boating and aquatic safety themes:
- Do not throw any litter overboard.
- Keep a trash bag on your boat, and use it.
- Pick up someone else’s litter.
- Use the restroom before you go out boating.
- A person must be 16 or older to operate a motorboat alone.
- When two boats meet head on, both go to their right.
- When two boats cross paths, the boat to the right has the right-of-way.
- Boats must stay away from swimming areas, large ships, shipping areas, water skiers, fisherman, anchored vessels, docks and moorings.
- Safe boaters are always courteous and cautious.
- Do not run on or near a pool deck.
- Do not play on or near diving boards.
- Do not jump on or near people in the water.
- Never enter pool areas that are closed or locked.
- Never fake an accident or drowning, discourage horseplay and peer pressure activities.
- First REACH for the person. Be sure you hold onto someone or something stable and do not lean over the water.
- If you can’t Reach them,THROW out something that will float, something they can hold onto that will help them stay afloat until help comes.
- If you can’t Reach or Throw, find an adult who can ROW out to them or go
call 9-1-1 to get help. A raft or surfboard are examples of what to Row.
- Never jump into the water to save someone. Only lifeguards or water safety certified people should enter the water to rescue someone.
- Canals are on private property and it is considered trespassing to go near them.
- Canals have steep, slippery sides and fast water.
- Drains and garbage under the water can hurt or trap you.
- Canals are for transporting water, NOT for recreation.
- Do not swim or boat in a canal!
- Strong or rip current–never swim against it, float until the current weakens and you can swim to safety.
- Uneven bottoms–holes, drop-offs and debris can cause you to lose your balance.
- Steep or slippery banks–they can cause you to fall into the water.
- Big waves–they can knock you off your feet.
- Discussion about water near school, home and in between.
- Students’ role-playing water rescues of self or others.
- Viewing the appropriate AquaSMART video for your grade level (available by calling the Education Unit, (888) 326-2822).
- Inviting a guest speaker from the community (e.g. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadrons, Red Cross, lifeguards, local law enforcement agencies, college aquatic centers or park rangers).
- Visiting our Web site at www.BoatSmarter.com for more information on boating and aquatic safety.
- Entering the 16th Annual Safe & Wise Water Ways Poster Contest. Remember, if one student wins, the whole class wins!