Put-in-Bay, Ohio On August 11, 2018, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab join participants around the globe to heighten awareness of different life jacket types, including inflatable life jackets, and to set a world record for the most inflatable life jackets worn and inflated.
The annual event, hosted by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), is part of the 2018 North American Safe Boating Campaign, held each summer to educate the boating public about the safety and comfort of inflatable life jackets.
The local event, Clean and Safe Boating Day, will take place on August 11 at the Aquatic Visitors Center (AVC) at Put-In-Bay, Ohio, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and the official life jacket world record event will occur at 12 p.m.
The Aquatic Visitors Center is located on South Bass Island’s Peach Point, approximately one mile west of downtown Put-In-Bay at the west end of the harbor. The Ohio Clean Marinas Program, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Watercraft, Stone Laboratory and the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center will be sharing information about clean and safe boating and the Lake Erie environment.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to recognize the importance of wearing a life jacket, and to highlight other practices that are necessary for a clean, safe, and enjoyable boating experience,” said Ohio Clean Marinas Program Manager Sarah Orlando. “We also want to give boaters the opportunity to learn more about Lake Erie and other Ohio waters through the AVC tours and presentations.”
In 2017, more than 8,900 people around the world helped set a new record for the number of participants who inflated their life jacket or wore an inherently buoyant life jacket. The AVC has hosted a local event every year since 2013.
U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in approximately 75% of recreational boating fatalities in 2015, and that approximately 85 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.
Members of the boating public – including anglers, hunters, paddlers, water skiers and others who use boats – are encouraged to attend. More information about the event is available at go.osu.edu/lifejacket.
Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 33 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For more information, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.