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Connecticut Kicks Off Summer Season With Upcoming Safe Boating Week

National Safe Boating Week kicks off the summer boating season and reminds boaters to be safe.
National Safe Boating Week kicks off the summer boating season and reminds boaters to be safe. Photo Credit: Norwalk Department of Police Service Marine Division/Facebook

NORWALK, Conn. -- As it kicks off the summer boating season with National Safe Boating Week from May 21 to 27, Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is encouraging all boaters to be safe on Connecticut’s waters so everyone can enjoy the water.

“Connecticut provides great boating opportunities in Long Island Sound and in its hundreds of rivers and lakes where boating offers endless hours of relaxation and outdoor recreation,” said Susan Whalen, deputy commissioner, DEEP. “All boaters should be properly certified and take all precautions to be safe while minimizing their impact on Connecticut’s natural resources.”

According to the Norwalk Police, it is important for boaters to take a boating or canoe/kayak safety class, which is required to operate a registered boat, in addition to following safety guidelines such as dressing properly for the water temperature, wearing a personal flotation device or life jacket, properly maintaining boats, and refraining from drinking alcoholic beverages while operating a boat.

These simple steps and responsible boating practices will help create a safer, more enjoyable boating environment for everyone on Connecticut’s waters, police said.

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