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Top Excuses Not to Wear a Life Jacket
A message from the Safe Boating Campaign.
You can still have fun on the water while wearing a life jacket and boating responsibly. Here are the top 5 excuses not to wear a life jacket we hear from boaters.
1. “I have life jackets on board.”
Having life jackets on board the vessel is not enough. Accidents happen too fast to put on a stowed life jacket.
2. “I’m a strong swimmer.”
Even a strong swimmer needs to wear a life jacket. During an emergency, clothing can become heavy or waterlogged while in the water.
3. “It’s too hot.”
Old-fashioned, bulky orange life jackets have been replaced with new styles, like inflatable life jackets that may resemble a pair of suspenders or a belt pack. These are much cooler in the warmer weather.
4. “It gets in the way.”
There are life jacket styles for every body type and for any recreational water activity – fishing, water sports, hunting, paddling and more.
There are even styles and designs for pets!
5. “Nothing is going to happen to me.”
Face it, accidents happen. Boating can be a fun, safe and enjoyable activity, but when the “Wear It!” message is ignored, the consequences can be grim.
6. “I can't show off my 6 pack.”
Your abdoniminal muscles can't save you from drowning. A single properly fitted life jacket can.
Another way to look at it is do you prefer to go home and brag about the great day you had on the water, or to go to the morgue in a body bag and the only person that sees your abs is the mortician?
7. “They don’t look cool.”
Old-fashioned, bulky orange life jackets have been replaced with new styles that have various designs and colors to meet everyones personality. There are inflatable life jackets that may slim and stylish or they come ina specail belt pack. You can use any style available that looks to compliment your natural good looks.
8. “I will put it on later when I need it.”
Later is too late. When accidents and emergencies happen, it is too late to put on a life jacket.
You can't undo an accident, and you can not undo a drowning. You can prevent a drowning. Wear the life life jacket and you won't have to worry about later, because you will be prepared.
Excuses Don't Save Lives, Life Jackets Do!
Drop The Excuse, Wear the Jacket!
All too often people drown and they could of been saved by someone less than 50 feet away from them. We have been programmed as a society to believe that someone is drowning when they are screaming, kicking and waving their arms in the water. This is NOT true. That is how television portrays drowning for dramatic affect.
True drowning looks calm compared to television images. A great article by a professional that has many years of experience in recognizing and saving drowning victims is at the link below. We urge all parents, youth and families to review the material. It may save your life or your childs life one day if your family can recognize the signs and act to come to your assistance.
Here are the signs of drowning from the article.
Here are a few more links to sites with similar articles on recognizing drowning.
8 Quiet Signs of Someone Drowning
Most Adults Don't Recognize a Drowning Child
Drowning Re-enactment video for Educational Purposes
These videos are for public viewing and usage for educational purposes. Please use discretion when viewing the 'Youth and Adult' videos. They are very serious and emotionally driven topics that many children and adults may not understand or be able to emotionally handle.
Video by Fox news. Shows footage of actor in a 'drowning' situation.
**May be hard for young kids to watch if they don't understand it is acting.**
NEW Water Safety SHOCK POSTERS!!!
We have placed many of the new
posters in and around the parks. They are blunt and to the point to remind you to be safe so you can go home alive.
Below are a few links that will allow you to view what the posters say. Keep in mind that these are only examples and the ones you see in the parks may have wording differences.
SOME IMAGES MAY BE CONSIDERED GRAPHIC OR EMOTIONAL DISTURBING TO SOME INDIVIDUALS.
DO NOT VIEW THE POSTERS BELOW IF YOU ARE FAINT OF HEART, OR IF YOU ARE EASILY DISTURBED BY TRAUMATIC EVENTS.
Poster 1 Poster 2 Poster 3 Poster 4 Poster 5 Poster 6
If you are a teacher or educational director and need help teaching water safety, then please contact the lake office and speak with a Ranger. With our materials and experience we can help you put together a presentation tailor made for your age group. Out materials are designed to fit most ages from pre-k to retirement.
Click on the Ranger Hat below to get a hold of a Ranger at
Canyon Lake to arrange a water safety event at your school or facility.
Free Post Card
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Water Safety QUIZ
Click HERE to download the QUIZ and learn something new about Water Safety.
Math Problem Video
Click HERE to watch
Videos, Links, and Material to help you begin to learn safe boating.
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