Win a free life jacket for you and your dog.

By Rachel Johnson, Executive Director, National Safe Boating Council

Warm weather always brings out opportunities to head out on the water with family and friends, even with your dog too! It may be tempting not to wear a life jacket while on the water – you want to get some sun, you think you’ll get too hot, or you think you’re a strong swimmer. And, you may assume since your dog can swim, they’ll be safe during your boating trip.

According to recent U.S. Coast Guard statistics, drowning was the reported cause of death in three-fourths of all boating fatalities in 2014. Of those, 84 percent were reported as not wearing their life jackets. While there are no confirmed statistics on exactly how many pets drown each year, through informal surveys we do know pets are injured or drown because they don’t wear life jackets when their owners take them boating.

Take a moment to watch and share the Wear It! campaign’s video PSA “Love the Life!” It shares the experience of two families and a dog as they spend the day boating and fishing. They have fun on the water while choosing to always wear a life jacket and boat responsibly.

Share a photo with us why you love to take your dog boating with you by July 10, 2015 for a chance to win free life jackets for you and your pet. Don’t forget the cute factor! You and your dog wearing life jackets is definitely ‘social media-worthy’! Follow the campaign on Twitter and Instagram, and share your photo with the hashtag #wearit. Also, submit a written story before Labor Day for a chance to win our summer prize pack.

The National Safe Boating Council is a lead organization for the Wear It! campaign, produced under a grant from the Sports Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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