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​​Have Fun Learning Something New During Water Safety Month

Did you know drowning is the reported cause of death in four out of every five boating fatalities?

Make sure your fun time on the water is safe. Take some time to educate yourself, and others, during National Water Safety Month. The following are a few resources and events to assist.

​Wear your Life Jacket to Work Day, May 17

Float the idea of safety to your boating friends and colleagues by wearing your life jacket to work! Anyone can join in this fun event.

How to participate: Wear your life jacket to work, snap a picture while at work and share on social media with the hashtags #lifejacket2work and #safeboating.

Hosted by the National Safe Boating Council, this annual event is a fun, educational way to heighten life jacket awareness and highlight the various styles.

National Safe Boating Week, May 18-24

Get involved by:

  • taking a safe boating pledge and
  • reading stories of how life jackets saved lives.

Remember, any time you’re boating, 

  • ​set an example for others, 
  • always wear a life jacket and 
  • boat responsibly.​​​
The Safe Boating Campaign kicks off the weekend before Memorial Day with National Safe Boating Week and continues throughout the year.


​​​​​​Safe Vessel Operation

Boating on Lake Pueblo

Water sports are a great way to have fun in the sun, whether you take to the water in your power boat, sailboat, or canoe. In order to keep water-based activities carefree and risks at a minimum, it's important to keep basic safety practices in mind. The​​ Colorado Boating Safety Program promotes safe vessel operation while enhancing boating experiences.

Before heading out on the water, be sure to:

Learn more on the National Safe Boating Council website​ and Ready, Set, Wear It!​ Facebook page.​​

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Take a Boating Safety Course!

The Boat Safety Review Session is required for individuals who are 14 or 15 years old to lawfully operate a boat in Colorado, but it includes extremely valuable information regardless of age or experience level! Not only will the material help students stay smart and safe on the water, it can also save participants 10-15% on boat insurance!

​​​​The process is simple: 

  1. ​​Register for a Boating Safely in Colorado course at least seven days in advance
    • ​The course costs $15, payable at time of registration
    • Students must be at least 14 years old
  2. Review the "Boating Safely in Colorado" manual, available for digital download
    • ​​This is a self-study manual to be studied before the review session
  3. Attend a 2-3 hour review session near you
    • ​A parent or guardian must​ be present with students 14 or 15 years old
    • Bring a 1-by-1 inch front-facing photo for your operator card
  4. Take the final exam
    • ​​​​​​Score a 70% to earn your operator card!

 
Find out more: 

See the Search and Rescue FAQ for more information.