Life Vest Safety

WEARING A LIFE VEST IS THE SIMPLEST LIFE-SAVING STRATEGY FOR BOATING PASSENGERS

79%

of boating deaths are due to drowning

86%

of victims were NOT wearing a life jacket

67%

of drowning victims were thought to be good swimmers

70%

of boating deaths occurred on vessels where the operator has no boating safety instruction

DID YOU KNOW?

Most boating accidents occur suddenly and without warning.

It is challenging, if not impossible, to put on a life jacket properly once

you are in the water.

Everyone on board boats under 6 meters (20 feet) should wear a life vest.

VVMRA recommends that non-swimmers and children wear life jackets at all times while on board a boat.

If life vests are not worn, they should be stored to be immediately available in case of an emergency.

Life jackets only work when properly fitted.  Download a copy of the Life Vest Infographic below and scroll down the page for more information.

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