A row of different types and colors of life jackets laid out on a wooden dock.

Make sure your life jacket fits properly, is suitable for the activity, and is USCG-approved (with USCG label).

If you want to get people talking about boating and safety, wear your life jacket at work on Friday, May 17. That’s the day the Safe Boating Campaign has chosen as “Wear Your Life Jacket at Work Day.”

“Wear Your Life Jacket at Work Day is a great opportunity to share with others your love for boating,” said Yvonne Pentz, communications director of the National Safe Boating Council, a nonprofit dedicated to helping create a safe boating experience for all boaters and the lead organization of the Safe Boating Campaign. “The NSBC can’t wait to see the creative and fun ways boaters wear their life jacket at work for a chance to win a prize.”


Here’s how to participate:

  • Wear a life jacket to work
  • Snap a picture
  • Post the photo on social media – (hashtag #wearyourlifejacketatworkday)
  • Tag the Safe Boating Campaign – (@boatingcampaign)

Boaters will randomly be selected to win prizes from the Safe Boating Campaign throughout the day.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in four out of every five recreational boating fatalities in 2022, and that 75 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

There are many options for boaters when it comes to choosing a life jacket. When selecting a life jacket, a boater should check that it is U.S. Coast Guard approved, appropriate for the water activity, and fits properly.

The Wear It! event is part of the National Safe Boating Council’s Safe Boating Week, taking place from May 18 – 24 across the U.S.

For more information, visit, www.safeboatingcouncil.org.