SOURCE: National Safe Boating Council

National Safe Boating Council

May 03, 2011 10:38 ET

Gold Medalist Mark Spitz Confirmed as the 2011 National Safe Boating Council Spokesperson

Nine-Time Gold Medal Winner Speaks Out About Boating Safety

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - May 3, 2011) - The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) is pleased to announce Mark Spitz, nine-time gold medalist swimmer and motivational speaker, as the spokesperson for the 2011 North American Safe Boating Campaign.

In addition to his support of the "Wear It!" campaign, Spitz will appear in a Public Service Announcement on behalf of the NSBC reminding people to always wear a life jacket while boating or participating in other water activities.

"Accidents can happen fast on the water and if you're not wearing your life jacket even the best swimmers in the world can end up in trouble. A life jacket can't save your life unless you wear it," Mark Spitz said. "Life jackets are no longer the big, bulky, uncomfortable designs they once were. Now, life jackets come in many easy to wear designs -- including inflatable life jackets."

Spitz has been a swimmer his entire life. He started swimming at the age of two when his family lived in Hawaii. He began competing at the age of six and grew into one of the most successful swimmers and decorated athletes of all time. A two-time Olympian, Spitz won nine Gold medals and numerous Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and NCAA medals. After a successful career in the water, Spitz is now a motivational speaker, author, parent and avid boater.

"Being a swimmer isn't just at hobby, it's been my life's passion. I know the importance of boating safety and how important wearing a life jacket is," Spitz said. "I want to encourage everyone who spends time on the water to always wear a life jacket."

"The National Safe Boating Council is elated to have such a decorated athlete like Mark Spitz to participate in the 'Wear It!' campaign," said Virgil Chambers, executive director of the National Safe Boating Council. "We hope Mark's positive message serves as inspiration that there's no reason why everyone can't have fun on the water while also choosing to always wear a life jacket. Even the most experienced and talented swimmers in the world like Mark Spitz still choose to 'Wear It!'"

Life jacket wear by every boater is the leading goal of the North American Safe Boating Campaign, which kicks off officially with National Safe Boating Week, May 21 - 27, 2011. The North American Safe Boating Campaign unites the efforts of a wide variety of boating safety advocates, including the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), the Canadian Safe Boating Council and the many members of the National Safe Boating Council. The campaign is produced under a grant from the Sports Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

About the National Safe Boating Council
The National Safe Boating Council represents over 330 U.S. and Canadian organizations committed to reducing boating accidents and enhancing the boating experience. Visit www.SafeBoatingCampaign.com for campaign materials and additional safe boating resources.

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