Published: May 17, 2021


NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK BEGINS SATURDAY AND THE TENNESSEE WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY WILL BE PARTICIPATING TO PROMOTE THE WEAR OF LIFE JACKETS AS THE SUMMER BOATING SEASON STARTS. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK IS HELD ANNUALLY THE WEEK PRIOR TO MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AND BOATING PARTNERS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA ARE TEAMING TO PROMOTE SAFE BOATING PRACTICES. IN 2020, BOATING WAS ONE OF THE OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES WHICH SAW A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE AND TWRA REPORTED A NOTICEABLE INCREASE IN TRAFFIC ON THE STATE'S LAKES AND RIVERS. AFTER A RECORD-LOW YEAR OF EIGHT BOATING-FATALITIES IN 2019, THE MOST BOATING-RELATED FATALITIES IN 37 YEARS WITH 32 OCCURRED ON TENNESSEE WATERS IN 2020. IN ADDITION, FRIDAY, MAY 21 IS WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET TO WORK DAY. BOATERS CAN SHARE A PHOTO WEARING A LIFE JACKET AT WORK (OR HOME) ON SOCIAL MEDIA ALONG WITH THE HASHTAG #LIFEJACKET2WORK AND TAGGING @BOATINGCAMPAIGN.