Designate a Sober Skipper Before Every Boating Trip

Designate a Sober Skipper Before Every Boating Trip

Our Sober Skipper campaign is centered on having boaters take the pledge to stay sober behind the helm, ensuring a fun time on the water while keeping everyone safe. That’s why, during this year’s National Safe Boating Week, we’re encouraging boaters to consider taking the pledge to be or to designate a Sober Skipper. And, you can take the pledge year round, too!

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Being a Sober Skipper means choosing not to drink any alcohol or take any drugs when you’re navigating the waters. In combination with other factors like the wind, noise, and the beautiful summer sun, your ability to navigate a vessel safely is further impaired when you’re under the influence.

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There are lots of other ways to show your commitment to the cause, too.

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Just look at all the hard work our friends at America’s Boating Club – formerly known as the U.S. Power Squadrons – have been doing to help champion the Sober Skipper cause. On waterways all throughout the country, squadrons are conducting vessel safety checks to make sure boaters are aware of and practicing required safe boating standards. Many of these Squadrons are also educating boaters on our Sober Skipper program – signing up boaters to take the pledge and handing out yellow Sober Skipper wristbands to show off their commitment to refraining from consuming alcohol while at the helm of their vessels.

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And, our friends at Freedom Boat Club are also champions of the Sober Skipper program at all of their club locations. Freedom Boat Club dock staff work one-on-one with every club member in designating both a sober skipper and an official lookout/observer, and to review important safety messaging prior to every boat departure.

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If you or your company are looking to join in on these efforts, you can distribute Sober Skipper wristbands to spread awareness or share Sober Skipper posts to your social media pages. After all, when we’re all aware of the impact of impaired boating, then we can begin to make smarter decisions to stay safe on the water. You can request wristbands by clicking here.

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When you “get on board” to either be or designate a Sober Skipper, you choose to hold yourself responsible for your boat and your passengers. Take the Pledge today at www.soberskipper.com.

Written by  Gail Kulp

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