National Boating Safety Week kicks off this May in Lake Wylie

LAKE WYLIE, SC (WBTV) - The Lake Wylie Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla is kicking off National Boating Safety Week with two safety campaigns at the Buster Boyd Bridge Boat Ramp.

The campaigns, titled "Boat Smart, Boat Safe" and "Wear It", will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the boat ramps off of Highway 49 near T-Bones on the Lake.

The major focus, officials say, will be the "Wear It" campaign for children. There will be free life jackets for the children, and a "Give One Get One Program" where kids can exchange ill-fitting life jackets for a proper-fitting one.

Officials will also offer vessel safety checks, and answer questions from boaters at the ramp and at several marinas on Lake Wylie.

Several games will also be available for the children, and a free boating safety class will be given to three participants and their families. The class will be given in June 2014 at the River Hills Marina.

ID cards will be provided at the class satisfying the new boating law requirements of North Carolina for persons under the age of 26.

Public parking will be available at the YMCA lot.

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