“Get to Know Your Boat Day” is planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 19, at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Lower Dam Recreation Area at Lake Lowell.
The event is to help educate the public about boating safety and law and is being sponsored by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation’s boating program, Canyon County Sheriff’s Office and the Intermountain Jet Boat Association.
To get to the Lower Dam Recreation area turn south on Riverside Road from Idaho 55 south of Nampa.
It’s part of National Safe Boating Week is May 19-25, 2012. Last year, 12 people died on Idaho’s waters as a result of a boating accident.
Planned activities include a safety video, inflatable life jacket blow-off, and interactive boat safety games designed for kids. In addition, the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office will be performing boat safety inspections and the Intermountain Jet Boat Association will be assisting boat owners by offering hands-on skills that will benefit both new and experienced boaters.
The full schedule includes:
-10 to 11 a.m. - Cold-water safety video and discussion of safety equipment/practices; life jackets, float coats, throw bags, fire extinguishers, and other safety equipment; and float plan and pre-launch checklist.
-11 to 11:30 a.m. - Inflatable life jacket blow-off.
-11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Kid activities; boat safety inspections; and on-the-water skills.
Refreshments will be provided along with free hot dogs and hamburgers.
Jet boating on the Snake River - Photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman