As experts can attest, boating under the influence can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving, which is why Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville is supporting the Sea Tow Foundation’s national initiative to make sure fun boating is also safe boating. Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville and St. Augustine is rolling out their initiative ahead of National Safe Boating Week, which takes place May 20 through 26.
“We are asking all our members to take the pledge to have a designated skipper on board whenever alcohol is involved,” said Lisa Almeida, CEO of Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville. “We want everyone to enjoy their time out on the water but also avoid unnecessary risks.”
The Sea Tow Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting boater safety, recently launched its designated skipper campaign across the U.S. The goal is to eliminate alcohol-related accidents on the water. Boating Under the Influence (BUI) is illegal in all 50 states.
To participate in the campaign, boaters can visit the designatedskipper.com website and “Take the Pledge,” which includes a promise to respect the legal drinking age; be responsible for my vessel and all my passengers; be, or designate, a sober skipper.
“We don’t want to tell boaters not to have fun out on the water. We just want to encourage them to pick a designated skipper for their boat who will stay sober, do the driving, and make sure everybody gets home,” said Kristen Frohnhoefer, of the Sea Tow Foundation. “Our program is designed to complement the U.S. Coast Guard’s enforcement efforts on the water by promoting BUI awareness and voluntary prevention by boaters.”
Freedom Boat Club, the nation’s oldest and largest boating club, has more than 15,000 members in 22 states and Canada. The local affiliate operates out of Julington Creek Marina in Jacksonville and Camachee Cove Marina in St. Augustine.
About Freedom Boat Club
Freedom Boat Club is the world’s largest members-only boating club. It is a simple alternative to boat ownership. Freedom Boat Club has locations locally at Julington Creek Marina in Jacksonville and Camachee Cove Marina in St. Augustine. Members have unlimited access to the home club’s fleet and can reserve a boat using a member-friendly online reservation system. Member privileges are also available at any of the 122 Freedom Boat Club franchises throughout the United States and Canada. Each provides a fleet of boats that come with less stress and a lower price tag than owning a single boat. Freedom Boat Club offers a variety of membership plans. For more information, visit freedomboatclub.com.