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Boating and Water Safety Poster Contest

Contest Rules & Entry Form

Hello Teachers:

It’s once again time to bring back the Boating and Water Safety Poster Contest, held to promote safe boating practices across Iowa.  The contest is conducted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and U.S. Power Squadron.  Co-sponsor of the contest, the Midwest Water Safety Council, is providing the prizes to be awarded the winners.

School children in fourth through sixth grades throughout the state are eligible to enter, and your students will have the chance to win one of the cash prizes.

Prizes for the contest are:

  • first prize $100 cash
  • second prize - $50 cash
  • third prize - $25 cash

Each winner will also receive a certificate of appreciation.

The theme of this year’s contest is: “Wear it Iowa”  “Life jackets float, we don’t.”

Suggestions for the theme:

  1. Everyone should wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) – especially non-swimmers and young children.
  2. Falling overboard is one of the most common type of accidents – with the end result being a drowning victim! Wearing a PFD can save your life.
  3. Make sure your PFD fits properly.
  4. Most boating fatality victims are drownings – wear a PFD so you are not a statistic
  5. Be familiar with various styles of PFDs – Type I, II, III, IV.

These ideas are suggestions only. As long as the theme is depicted in some way, the poster will be accepted.

We believe the Boating and Water Safety Poster Contest is an important method for promoting water safety education, and we hope you will encourage your students to enter this competition. To all entrants we say, “Thank You and Good Luck”


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