With National Safe Boating Week a few weeks away, I am wondering what approach and messaging other jurisdictions will be using during the Covid-19 crisis?
Small Vessel Officer
Mercury Marine & Brunswick boats had been planning on a social media outreach reminding people of their safe boating responsibilities. We are going to blend that with some of the physical (social) distancing guidance that is being suggested: No one board outside your immediate isolated family, keep at least 6 feet while launching/retrieving etc. The USCG Boating Safety Facebook page has gotten the jump on messaging and is posting some great content.
The nonprofit Sea Tow Foundation has developed a media kit with daily social media posts, images and blog posts as well as a weekly topic. And, we have changed some of our focus due to COVID to encourage options that can be done at home or on the water because the national landscape is so different from state to state. Some locations are still locked down and at home while others are under minimal or no restrictions, so we wanted to make sure we addressed topics for both. All of the materials are free and available to be used.
We've also had 3 recent blog posts on how to think about boating while staying at home. These have been fun and I'd encourage anyone to share them.
1. Books to read about boating2. Boating songs playlist3. Exercising with a life jacket at home
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