Record Number of New Boaters Expected July 4th

By the Water Sports Foundation

Millions of boaters are expected to head out on the water this Fourth of July weekend, including more than 830,000 first-time boat buyers who purchased during the COVID-19 pandemic. The increase in crowds coupled with the number of inexperienced new boaters has caught the attention of the Water Sports Foundation.

“While we are pleased to welcome so many new boaters to the water, we believe it is critical to share important boating safety tips that we know will help reduce incidents and save lives this busy holiday weekend,” Water Sports Foundation Executive Director Jim Emmons said. “We’re anticipating a major wave of inexperienced boaters on the water this Fourth of July holiday and we need everyone – our experienced boaters and our newcomers alike – to plan accordingly and be well prepared.”