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National Safe Boating Week

National Safe Boating Week

Prairie du Chien – The Prairie du Chien Flotilla, US Coast Guard Auxiliary reminds boaters as they prepare for the boating season and in conjunction with National Safe Boating Week that safety is each boater’s responsibility and the best way to help ensure an enjoyable time on the water this summer.

The skipper of each and every recreational vessel, from the paddleboard to the jet ski, the fishing boat and the large cruiser, is responsible for the safety of everyone onboard or sharing the water around him. That responsibility is shared by all on board.

National Safe Boating Week runs from May 18th thru the 24th.

We use this event to remind boaters of this responsibility and some of the more serious safety concerns we have. For example: During 2022, the latest year statistics are available, there were 636 deaths from boating accidents. Of those 75% died from drowning and 85% of those were NOT wearing life jackets. Lack of life jackets leads this category every year. While with the exception of children under the age of 13, the law only requires a life jacket be “readily available” common sense says that once an accident occurs it is too late to put it on.

Other important things to consider are that in 75% of fatal accidents the operator had no approved boating safety instruction. Also in 16% of fatal accidents alcohol was a leading factor.

So, there you have it, wear your life jacket, take a boating safety course and don’t drink and boat. Water and alcohol don’t mix.

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct a Boat America Boating Safety course on May 18 at 8AM in Guttenberg at Clayton Ridge High School Study Hall. This class is good for residents of Iowa or Wisconsin. Contact Joanie Dickerson, or AJ Sullivan, to register.

We will schedule classes for any group of 10 or more students.


The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. For more information, please visit



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