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The "Kids 'Wear It!' Presentation" is directed to educate kids about life jacket wear and the importance of setting a good example for other boaters.

The "Kids 'Wear It!' Presentation" is directed to educate kids about life jacket wear and the importance of setting a good example for other boaters.

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  • The Campaign MESSAGE: Encourages all boaters to “Wear It!” Your life jacket could save your life.
  • The North American Safe Boating Campaign , encourages, reminds, and highlights the importance of life jacket wear and provides resources for educators.
  • The Campaign: Reminds everyone why it’s not enough to simply carry life jackets; you have to wear one. Accidents on the water happen too fast to reach stowed life jackets.
  • Life jackets for children: Life jackets meant for adults do not work for children. Proper fit of a life jacket requires that it fits snugly, it’s buckled or zipped up, and the jacket flotation is appropriate for the person’s weight. Above all, life jackets will not work if they are not worn.
  • Proper fit First and foremost, it’s important to choose a properly fitted life jacket. Check the manufacturer’s ratings for size and weight and make sure it’s US Coast Guard approved.
  • The Law and You Each state has different life jacket wear laws that apply to children and certain water activities, such as riding a personal watercraft or jet ski. If a state does not have a law in place, there is a Federal law that requires children under 13 to wear a personal flotation device (PFD) while on the water.
  • The Law and You While there are very few laws that require adults to wear life jackets while on the water in boat, life jacket wear is a matter of survival. It’s also a matter of setting a good example for kids to always wear their life jackets.
  • The #1 thing any boater can do: To ALWAYS wear his or her life jacket. Accidents on the water happen too fast to reach stowed life jackets.
  • What You Can Do: Use the resources available from the campaign to educate, encourage, remind, and highlight the importance of life jacket wear.
  • Passing boating safety along to the next generation of boaters: When these kids grow up they then continue to provide an example to the next generation of boaters. It serves as a constant reminder that anyone can drown and everyone must always wear a life jacket.

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  • FOR ALL BOATERS: Your life jacket could save your life.
  • POWERBOATERS: Safe and responsible boating starts with all boaters in a boat wearing their life jacket at all time while on the water.
  • PADDLERS: Either as part of a tandem boat or as an individual, life jacket wear is a personal responsibility.
  • REMEMBER: It’s not enough to simply carry life jackets; you have to wear one. Accidents on the water happen too fast to reach stowed life jackets.
  • Life jackets for YOU: Life jackets meant for adults do not work for kids. Proper fit of a life jacket means it fits snugly, it’s buckled, or zipped up, and is appropriate for your weight.
  • Choose a properly fitted life jacket. Check the manufacturer’s ratings for size and weight and make sure it’s USCG-approved. Proper fit BAD FIT
  • The Law and You Each state has different laws that apply to kids and certain water activities. A Federal law is also in place that requires kids under 13 to wear a life jacket.
  • The Law and You While there are very few laws that require adults to wear life jackets. Life jacket wear is a matter of survival for everyone. It also sets a good example for other boaters.
  • To ALWAYS wear his or her life jacket. Accidents on the water happen too fast to reach stowed life jackets. The #1 thing any boater can do:
  • What you can do: In addition to wearing your life jacket, remind other boaters about the importance of life jacket wear.
  • You are the next generation of boaters: Your actions serve as a constant reminder that everyone must always wear a life jacket. When other kids grow up they then provide an example to the next generation of boaters.
  • YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!