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Junior Boater Program
Junior Boater Program
Junior Boater Program
The Junior Boater Program introduces concepts of boating, water safety and aquatic stewardship to elementary and middle school children. It's the perfect way for volunteers, public safety officials and teachers to provide this important safety message to our youth in a fun, interactive format.

  • Teach safe boating practices.
  • Introduce young people to boating.
  • Provide an easy-to-use, interactive program that can be presented in many different settings by individuals or organizations interested in promoting boating and/or water safety.
  • Excellent program for area schools during Safety Week or outdoor programs.

FlashcardsThe Junior Boater Program is a series of activities teaching kids about basic safe boating practices. Each activity includes:
  • student learning objectives
  • materials/equipment list
  • step-by-step instructions
  • discussion points
Activities can be presented in many settings, including safety fairs, summer camps, classrooms, and boat shows that involve thousands of people in communities throughout Oregon.
It is not necessary for presenters to have an extensive knowledge of safe boating principles because the course materials are comprehensive and the activities are easy to present. Teachers, youth organization leaders, boating clubs, marine patrol officers and many others can deliver the Junior Boater Program.
The Junior Boater program materials can be downloaded here (see below). Six complete equipment sets, with items like life jackets and other teaching aids, are available for check-out. You can reserve them by contacting the Salem office Education Section at (503) 378-5158.

Junior Boater Program Downloads
Junior Boater kits are available for check-out. Call (503) 378-5158 for information.
The nine activities include:
  1. PFD Fitting
  2. Small Boat Entry & Exit
  3. PFD Toss
  4. PFD Relay
  5. Small Boat Sinking Exercise
  6. Traffic Control: Know Your Markers
  7. Skipper Says (like 'Simon Says) Sound Signals
  8. Boating Terms
  9. Small Boat Navigation Lights
Junior Boater Program Downloads:
Oregon Junior Boater Program Overview (173 k PDF format)
Flash Cards (347 k PDF format)
Captains Log (47 k PDF foirmat)
Boating Sound Signals (34k PDF format)