Safe Boating Week

National Safe Boating Week May 21 thru 27

Prairie du Chien – The Coast Guard Auxiliary Prairie du Chien Flotilla reminds everyone that the week of May 21 thru the 27th 2022 is National Safe Boating Week. The purpose of which is to promote safe boating among our recreational boating public across the country.

Every boater is responsible for operating their vessel in such a manner as to ensure the safety of those on board his/her vessel as well as others on the water. Two important ways to accomplish this is through:

1_Education: Don’t assume you know it all. The Auxiliary will be sponsoring the “Boat America” boating safety course at the Prairie du Chien City Hall, 8AM on May 21st, 2022. While many young people take the course it is unfortunate that their parents do not. Everyone who operates or occupies a vessel on the water needs to have this training. Someone’s life may depend on your knowledge. Members of the boating public – including anglers, hunters, paddlers and others who use boats – are encouraged to attend. For more information and to sign up for the class go to and use the “Find a Boating Course Near You” link to locate the course and then sign up. Or contact Joanie Dickerson at 608-996-2152 or Art Sullivan at 563-255-1949.

2- Another item of utmost importance is WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET.

U .S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in four out of every five recreational boating fatalities in 2021, and that approximately 84 percent of those who drowned (450 persons) were not wearing life jackets. Remember, while the law only REQUIRES life jackets be readily available (except for children 13 and under who are required to wear them) common sense dictates your life jacket does you no good if you are not wearing it at the time of an accident. Once you are zinging though the air or are in the water it is too late.

Boat Responsibly, Boat Safely