America’s largest boat and fishing retailer brings back annual life jacket drive with national trade-in program May 20-27

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida., May 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — West Marine, America’s leading retailer of supplies for the sailing, boating and fishing communities, is commemorating National Water Safety Month by encouraging boaters of all ages to understand the rules and responsibilities associated with safe boating practices. In an effort to train new boat owners and re-educate long-time enthusiasts, West Marine is partnering with America’s Boating Club, a boating and safety education organization, for a series of free, interactive boating safety seminars held at many of its marine centers across the country. on Friday and Saturday May 20 and 21, of 11pm-5pm in local markets. Space is limited, so RSVPs are encouraged by registering here.

“Informed boaters feel more confident on the water, at the helm and in the company of other boaters, so we’re here to remind people that a fun day on the water is also a safe day on the boat. water,” said Eric Kufel, CEO of West Marine. “This month’s free seminars offer the unique opportunity to train with an America’s Boating Club Certified Instructor just as the summer season kicks into high gear. With the Virtual Boating Skills Trainer, consumers can practice manoeuvring, leaving a hold, mooring the boat and more. Come join us!”

Americans’ interest in outdoor leisure activities continues to grow as many people who were looking for new ways to practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic have fallen in love with their new passions in and around water, and continue to enjoy it. According to a study by Statista, the number of recreational boats registered in the United States reached nearly 12 million in 2020, with Florida listings at the top of the list. West Marine is aiming for a fun summer through educational efforts to make this season safe for both new and experienced boaters. As part of the hands-on training opportunities at this month’s Water Safety Interactive Seminars, consumers will be able to hone their skills with a unique virtual trainer.

In addition to this month’s safety seminars, West Marine is also encouraging consumers to wear life jackets whenever they are in, on, or near the water. When you’re fishing, boating, or just wading, you might not have time to put one on in an emergency. A recent US Coast Guard report found that of all people known to have died by drowning in 2020, 86% were not wearing a life jacket or other flotation device.

“In addition to the safety tips and tricks included in The West Advisor, our comprehensive online resource for information on all things water safety, we cannot stress enough the importance of wearing properly fitted lifejackets every time you’re around the water,” Kufel says. “That’s why everyone who trades in a used life jacket this month will receive a 20% discount on a new one. All used life jackets in good condition will be donated to help others get out on the water in safe.”

Commander-in-Chief of America’s Boating Club Craig Fraser commented, “America’s Boating Club is thrilled to partner with West Marine again this year by providing virtual boating simulators at select West Marine stores across United States. Virtual boating simulators allow boaters to simulate safe boating scenarios, such as docking, towing, man overboard and other boating safety practices. Together, America’s Boating Club and West Marine share a passion for promoting safe boating practices to help keep our nation’s waterways safe.”

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About West Marine
Founded in 1968, West Marine is the leading integrated, omnichannel provider of aftermarket products and services to the recreational boating, fishing, sailing and water sports markets in the United States. With 236 physical locations in 38 states and Porto Rico and two e-commerce platforms reaching consumers and business customers, West Marine is recognized as the premier resource for cruise lines, sailors, anglers and water sports enthusiasts. West Marine uses its scale, product line and expert on-the-ground associates to meet all the needs of consumers seeking an exceptional experience on the water.

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