Wear It! Oswego and New York State Parks to Hold Boating Safety Day at Oswego’s Wright’s Landing Marina Home of the Life Jacket Loaner Program

OSWEGO, NY (July 17, 2012) — The Wear It! Oswego campaign and New York State Parks will sponsor a Boating Safety Day on Monday, July 30 , 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event will take place at Wright’s Landing Marina in Oswego, NY.

“During the event we will have our boating safety rolling display available so individuals can explore how to boat safely,” said Ro Woodard, boating safety educator for New York State Parks’ Marine Services Bureau. “The public also is invited to come and sign the Wear It! pledge, receive a free safety whistle for your life jacket, as well as the chance to win one of 10 inflatable life jackets.”

Life Jacket Loaner Program

Wright’s Landing also is home to the Life Jacket Loaner Program. The City reminds residents and visitors alike that they can borrow life jackets — free — for private events such as birthday parties, backyard pool gatherings or other water-related activities.

“We want everyone who recreates on or near water to be safe, so we strongly encourage people to take advantage of our free Life Jacket Loaner Program,” said Jeffrey McCrobie, City of Oswego Fire Chief. “In fact, individuals can visit Wright’s Landing Marina to loan a personal flotation device or they can contact the Oswego Fire Department directly at 315-343-2161 if they want to borrow a life jacket from our eastside fire station at 35 East Cayuga Street.”

Life jackets are available for rental daily at Oswego’s Wright’s Landing Marina (http://www.oswegony.org/DEPT_waterfront.html). In order to be loaned a life jacket, borrowers must sign a waiver form and leave a valid driver’s license. Each borrower is required to sign the waiver form (except children under the age of 18, who require permission and signature of a parent or legal guardian). Borrowed life jackets must be returned by the end of each day to the same location at Wright’s Landing Marina or the fire station.

For additional information contact the City of Oswego Fire Department or Wright’s Landing Marina at 315-342-8186.
The Wear It! Oswego — an off-shoot of the Wear It! New York and national Wear It! programs (www.safeboatingcampaign.com) — raises awareness with business owners and residents of all ages throughout Oswego County about responsible and safe recreation on or near the water, as well as the importance of wearing life jackets. Members of the Wear It! Oswego campaign include Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, the City of Oswego, the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning, and The Palladium-Times.

Brookfield Renewable Energy Group operates one of the world’s largest publicly-traded, pure-play renewable power platforms, including 75 hydroelectric projects in New York. For more information, please visit www.brookfieldrenewable.com.

The City of Oswego is known as the Port City of Central New York and is “a Great City on a Great Lake.” Oswego’s beautiful waterfront is complemented by the maritime theme found throughout the city. Oswego boasts a diverse industrial base and a New York State Empire Zone designation, making it attractive to business. For additional information visit http://www.oswegony.org/.

Oswego County Tourism Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning promotes Oswego County through a comprehensive international marketing plan. For upcoming events and visitor information, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com

The Palladium-Times is Oswego County’s only hometown daily newspaper and has served the City of Oswego and surrounding areas in that capacity since 1845. Visit www.palltimes.com  for more information.