Delaware’s National Safe Boating Week kickoff will be held at 10 a.m. May 19 at the Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Boat Dock, next to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Lewes facility, 901 Pilottown Road.

The kickoff will begin National Safe Boating Week, May 20-26, and will mark the beginning of Delaware's busiest boating season. The main purpose is to highlight the importance of following safe boating practices, with emphasis on wearing a life jacket. The kickoff also will recognize the partnerships and volunteer boating safety instructors that support boating safety education in Delaware.

DNREC Deputy Secretary Kara Coats, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Chief Drew Aydelotte, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources police officers and representatives from DNREC’s Office of Boating Safety and Education, U.S. Power Squadrons, U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer boating safety instructors and state and local officials will be in attendance.