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Ready, Set, Wear It! Life Jacket World Record Day

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Checklist for Organizing and Hosting an Event

  • Determine Your Location and Audience

    • Locations To Consider: Marinas, Launch Ramps, Retail Stores

(i.e. – Cabela’s, West Marine)

    • Audience To Consider: Politicians, Media, General Public

  • Coordinate With the Local Property Owner

    • Ensure Accessibility and Hours of Operation

    • If at a retail location, consider offering a safe boating class or educational seminar on life jackets

  • Make Sure the Location Will Accept Potential Number of Participants

    • Consider the Photo Opportunities and Visibility of Participants

  • REGISTER the Event on

    • You will be contacted by Yalda Moslehian, Communications Coordinator at the National Safe Boating Council with follow-up information, including request for cylinders

  • Find out if there are Local Survivors (“Saved by the Jacket”)

  • Is there someone that was in a boating accident that was wearing a life jacket and believes their life was saved by wearing it?

  • Are they willing to share their story?
  • Contact your state BLA or Education Coordinator for assistance

  • Learn How To Dispose of all Discharged Cylinders

    • Check with your local recycling center to see if they recycle steel

  • Contact Local Retail Stores that Sell Life Jackets

    • Encourage them to have sufficient inventory of all life jacket types and re-arming kits for inflatable life jackets

    • Other boating safety equipment should also be in-stock

    • Encourage the retailer to run a sale and advertisement during National Safe Boating Week (May 16 – 22, 2015)

  • Use and its Resources to Promote Your Event

    • Official 2015 Hashtag: #readysetwearit

    • Press Releases, Media Alerts

    • Public Service Announcements

    • Sign In Sheet for Event (REQUIRED to have event counted towards world record – due no later than May 30, 2015)

  • Equipment

    • Camera (and optional photographer)

    • Video Camera (and optional videographer)

  • Work with your state Boating Law Administrator or Education Coordinator (

    • They may be able to promote the event through different markets

    • They may be available to participate in the event

    • They will be able to provide state-specific information

  • Work with Local Boating Professionals
    • U.S. Coast Guard (

    • Marine Enforcement

    • Volunteers (U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron)

    • Encourage them to wear their uniforms

ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT – Saturday, May 16, 2015

  • Ask Participants to Arrive 30 Minutes Early

    • Explain how the event will work, including the inflation process for those who have inflatable life jackets

    • Explain that each person with an inflatable life jacket will need to re-pack their life jacket after inflation

    • Designate at least one person to inflate the life jacket using the oral inflation tube

* Please note participants are not required to inflate their life jackets

  • Set Up A Staging Area

    • Hang a background Wear It! banner from a trailer or table top

    • Have the Sign In Sheet(s) Ready

    • Have the certificates available at Staging Area

    • Have designated location for re-arming station at Staging Area

* Have expert document any problems with inflation

  • Position Participants for “Ready, Set, Wear It!” Documentation/Inflation

    • Line participants up for video/photo

  • Commence A Countdown

    • Start at 10, 9, 8… instead of 3, 2, 1 – say “Ready, Set, Wear It!”


  • REQUIRED: Email Your Photos/Videos to by May 30, 2015 Deadline

  • REQUIRED: Send Your Official Sign In Sheets to by May 30, 2015 Deadline

  • Official 2015 Hashtag: #readysetwearit

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