Recreational boating is a popular pastime in Washington; just ask any of the several hundred thousand residents who own at least one canoe, kayak, row boat, personal watercraft, stand up paddle board, drift boat, runabout, sailboat, motor yacht or some other type of recreational vessel. Boats and boaters are everywhere!
Boating, however, isn't without its risks. The chilly waters of the Pacific Northwest can be an unforgiving environment, and safety must be on the minds of everyone who plays in and around it. The Washington State Parks Boating Program, in partnership with the Seattle Mariners, invite you to take the WA Safe Boating Pledge! Pledge to boat safely and responsibly, and encourage those around you to do the same.
The WA Boat Safe Pledge:
Wear a Life Jacket
Wear a life jacket when on or around the water
Know weather conditions and know your own limitations
Boat with a Buddy
Boat with a friend or let others know your plans
Be a Role Model
Boat safe and encourage others to do the same
Enjoy and protect our natural spaces
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON STATE PARKS BOATING PROGRAM
The Washington State Parks Boating Program administers a number of programs to keep boaters safe and informed of applicable regulations. In addition to Recreational Boating Safety, the Boating Program trains and certifies Marine Law Enforcement programs across the state and administers the Clean Vessel Act to fund pumpout stations that keep Washington waters clean.
Press and Media Resources
Looking for boating safety data and information? Click here to download the 2022 Press Kit!