Coast Guard Kicks off Boating Safety Week

Nearly 80% of boaters on the water have never taken a boating safety class, according to the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

That’s one reason the Coast Guard Auxiliary is spreading the word about the importance of water safety during National Safe Boating Week May 18 – 24. In addition to the lack of safety education, the Coast Guard notes that 70% of people who end up in the water in a boating accident are not wearing a life jacket, nor are 80% of those who drown in connection with a boating accident. 

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and other maritime patrol units will be hosting an event to get people thinking about safety on the water.

The event on the Sturgeon Bay West Waterfront Promenade will take place Friday, May 17 at 1 pm. Join the US Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Sturgeon Bay Mayor David Ward and local first responders to kick off boating season with lots of information on what boaters can do to help lessen the possibility that they will need help on the water. 

The US Coast Guard will also have an RBS29  response boat at the event.

There were 28 boating accident fatalities in Wisconsin in 2023, the most recorded in the state on record. In 27 of those instances the deceased was not wearing a personal flotation device. There were 117 total boating accidents resulting in 47 injuries, according to the Wisconsin Recreational Vehicle Safety and Education Report.

The last boating or kayaking fatalities in Door County occurred in 2017, when there were three kayakers who drowned in county waters.

A paddling safety seminar will begin at 11:15 am. If you’re a boater and cannot attend, but would like a vessel safety check, visit and click  on “I WANT A VESSEL SAFETY CHECK.”  

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