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May 20, 2011 > 'Ready, Set, Inflate!'

'Ready, Set, Inflate!'

Submitted By Dace de la Foret

It's time to join efforts once again in bringing an important boating safety issue - life jacket wear - to the forefront and set a world record along the way. The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC), in partnership with the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC), invites boating safety professionals and the boating community to participate in the "Ready, Set, Inflate!" event on Saturday, May 21. Participants will gather in cities around the globe to heighten awareness of inflatable life jackets. This year, the NSBC and CSBC will tally not only the number of participants who inflate their inflatable life jackets during the event, but also those who wear an inherently buoyant life jacket.

"We hope this year's 'Ready, Set, Inflate!' event not only increases life jacket wear and safety efforts, but also the number of participants in the world record day," said Virgil Chambers, executive director of the NSBC.

"Ready, Set, Inflate!" will usher in National Safe Boating Week, this year May 21-27. The goal of National Safe Boating Week is to educate and inform the boating public about boating safety, specifically life jackets. Educating the boating public about the safety and comfort of inflatable life jackets has been a main focus of the North American Safe Boating Campaign.

Last year, 1,154 North American participants "inflated" at the same time. That number increased to 1,569 when 415 Australians "inflated" on July 30, 2010 at the Sydney International Boat Show.

"What better way to inspect and test your inflatable life jacket each year, while also having some fun and helping to set a world record," Chambers added.

Local events will be held in Fremont and Oakland; Fremont's event will be hosted by the California Department of Boating and Waterways and take place at Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area at noon. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary hosts the Oakland event at 2200 Livingston Street, in front of West Marine near the entrance to Coast Guard Island at noon.

"The future of safe boating needs events like 'Ready, Set, Inflate!' and the Canadian Safe Boating Council and our partners are excited to be involved with this event once again," said Bob Minielly, Chair of the Canadian Safe Boating Council. "This event is educational, fun and one of the only times you hear about inflation being a good thing!"

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