Take Action





Anyone who loves spending time on the water can take action and be a part of Waves of Hope.



Regardless of your type of organization, you are in a unique leadership position to share about boating and water safety with your community. You can make a difference by encouraging responsibility on the water.


As an individual who loves the water, you’re in a unique position to educate others about boating and water safety. Take a boating safety course. Use recommended safety gear. Encourage others to do the same.


If you are in law enforcement or a first responder, please read these best practices and contact us for other resources.


If you are a family impacted by a boating-related water tragedy and want to connect with other families, please contact us.


Waves of Hope


You’re Not Alone Business Cards: These business cards may be provided to families following a boating or water tragedy to share about Waves of Hope.


The 20/10/30 List: Families who are traveling the road of grief after losing someone to a water tragedy share information for first responders. “First responders are special people with big hearts who bravely endure seeing some of humanity’s worst moments.”


The Top 20 List: First responders are the first on scene to interact with families facing water tragedies. The ability to provide care, and connect with accurate information and compassionate guidance while handling a high-stress situation is critical. The goal of this document is to provide an inside look and guidance from first responders to first responders to support them as they walk side-by-side with families facing what may be the most difficult day of their life.


Social Media ContentThis free social media content and multimedia may be used by Waves of Hope partners to share about boating and water safety. For additional social media content, please visit safeboatingcampaign.com.


Story Cards: Print copy of Waves of Hope family stories. No one should see a picture of someone they love in this story collection. That one moment that changed our families forever could have been prevented. A life jacket. A propeller guard. An aware boat operator. An engine cut-off device. Learn from these stories and stay safe on the water.


Keychains: Waves of Hope stickers to raise awareness of this effort at outreach events.


Stickers: Waves of Hope stickers to raise awareness of this effort at outreach events.


Wristbands: Waves of Hope wristbands to raise awareness of this effort at outreach events.


Video PSA: Download this short video PSA to share on social media, during events or meetings, or with local media. Available in 15 seconds and 30 seconds.

 The National Safe Boating Council

The National Safe Boating Council advances and promotes a safer recreational boating experience through education, outreach and training. Following are additional programs of the NSBC to encourage responsible participation in recreational boating activities.


Safe Boating Campaign

Whether you’re going fishing or just enjoying a ride on the boat, there’s never an excuse to not wear a life jacket. Accidents happen in an instant. Make it a habit. Always wear a life jacket. The Safe Boating Campaign is a worldwide effort focused on responsible boating, encouraging boaters to always wear a life jacket while on the water.


Get Connected Boating 

Boaters are encouraged to “Get Connected” and use their engine cut-off device, more commonly referred to as a “kill switch,” every time they go boating. An engine cut-off device is a proven safety device used to stop the boat’s engine should the operator unexpectedly fall overboard.


Saved by the Beacon

Saved by the Beacon educates recreational boaters about the importance of 406 MHz beacons and how to use them correctly in the case of a boating emergency. Carrying an emergency communication device can aid in an efficient and effective rescue.


Additional Resources

Coping with Grief: Coping with the loss of a close friend or family member may be one of the hardest challenges that many of us face. The loss of a loved one is always difficult.