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Video for young boaters covers life jacket purpose, design and use

by Future Angler Foundation 22 Jan 17:39 UTC
Into boating safety: How life jackets save you © Future Angler Foundation

Designed to help youth more easily enter the ranks of active boaters and anglers, the non-profit Future Angler Foundation (FAF), in conjunction with Into The Outdoors Education Network, offers a series of free educational fishing and boating safety videos designed to capture the imagination of elementary, middle-school, and high school youth.

"How Life Jackets Save You" reinforces the importance of wearing life jackets both on the water and around the dock.

Follow along as co-hosts, Zach and CB explore how personal floatation devices (PFDs) are designed, work, fit, and should be used. The 30-minute television format is perfect for family viewing - especially for those just beginning to enjoy boating and fishing lifestyles.

"The single most important decision young boaters and anglers make on any trip to the water is wearing a life jacket in appropriate situations," says FAF president, Patrick Neu. "How Life Jackets Save You" reinforces that ultimate message in an informative and entertaining way. Shorter, custom video segments, including "More Than Just Life Jackets" and "Water Safety Best Practices," complete with lesson plans, are also available for sharing in classroom or fishing club settings."

United States Coast Guard statistics reveal 86% of drowning victims meet their unfortunate fate while not wearing a life jacket. With its peer-to-peer presentation format, young viewers are truly engaged and quickly digest the clip's clear and ultimate message: "The best way to prevent yourself from drowning is to wear your PFD."

"At FAF, we are laser-focused on our mission to help recruit, retain and reactivate recreational anglers and boaters," states Neu. Through our series of fun, focused and highly informative peer-hosted videos, we're reaching out to the next generation of potential boaters and anglers and making it easier for them to get involved."

If you like "How Life Jackets Save You," be sure to check out FAF's entire online series at Into the Outdoors, or on television in the educational blocks offered on PBS nationwide and other over the air networks.

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