SANTA FE, NM – Your New Mexico State Parks are embarking on the summer recreational boating season with an important and timely message – Life jackets save lives! Wear it!/Chalecos Salvavidas Salvan Vidas, Usalos! 

“Annually our State Park Rangers are faced with tragedies on the water involving people who died because they were not wearing a life jacket or were participating in unsafe activities on or near the water,” said Toby Velasquez, State Parks Director. “National Safe Boating Week is an important reminder before the Memorial Day weekend that wearing your life jacket should always be a top priority on New Mexico’s waterways.”

This year, National Safe Boating Week is May 21–27. The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) sponsors the water safety campaign, which focuses on drawing attention to the number of people who die in boating-related accidents. United States Coast Guard statistics show that each year, approximately 75 percent of boaters who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

“There were ten boating-related fatalities in New Mexico in 2023,” said Manuel Overby, Chief of Law Enforcement and Boating Safety. “It doesn’t matter how old you are or how well you think you can swim. Accidents happen quickly, and if you’re not already wearing a life jacket you won’t have time to put one on.”

Make sure you, your family, and your friends are ready to have the best day on the water by being prepared during National Safe Boating Week, and throughout boating season. Practicing the following steps can save your life and the lives of the people boating with and around you:

Always wear a life jacket.

Designate a sober boat operator.

Dress appropriately for the weather. Wear layers, bring extra sets of clothes in case you get wet, and remember to dress for the water temperature.

File a float plan and always tell someone where you will be boating.

All motorboat, personal watercraft, and sailboat operators born on or after January 1, 1989, must successfully complete a boating safety course to boat in New Mexico. 

You must wear a lifejacket while on a canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard.

All children 12 years old and younger must wear a life jacket while on the deck of a moving vessel. 

Take a FREE boating safety course and get a FREE vessel check. Call 1-888-NMPARKS (1-888-667-2757) or visit / for details.

Your 35 State Parks are located in 25 of New Mexico’s 33 counties, and 23 of these destinations have a source of water varying from ponds and streams to lakes and rivers. To learn more and to make a reservation, please visit

SANTA FE, NM – Parques Estatales de Nuevo México se prepara para comenzar la temporada estival de navegación recreativa con un mensaje importante y oportuno: ¡Los chalecos salvavidas salvan vidas, úsalos!  [Life jackets save lives! Wear it!] 

Toby Velásquez, director de Parques Estatales comenta: "Cada año nuestros guardaparques estatales se enfrentan a tragedias en el agua que involucran la pérdida de vidas por no llevar puesto un chaleco salvavidas o participar en actividades de riesgo en o cerca del agua. La Semana Nacional de Navegación Segura es un recordatorio importante antes del fin de semana del Día de los Caídos de que el uso del chaleco salvavidas debe ser siempre una prioridad en las vías navegables de Nuevo México".

Este año, la Semana Nacional de Navegación Segura será del 21 al 27 de mayo. El Consejo Nacional de Navegación Segura (NSBC) patrocina la campaña de seguridad en el agua, que se centra en llamar la atención sobre el número de personas que mueren en accidentes relacionados con la navegación. Las estadísticas de la Guardia Costera de los Estados Unidos muestran que cada año, aproximadamente el 75 por ciento de los navegantes que se ahogaron no llevaban puesto el chaleco salvavidas.

"Hubo diez muertes relacionadas con la navegación en Nuevo México en 2023. No importa la edad o lo bien que creas que sabes nadar. Los accidentes ocurren rápidamente y si no llevas puesto un chaleco salvavidas, no tendrás tiempo de ponértelo ante una emergencia", dijo Manuel Overby, jefe de aplicación de la ley y seguridad náutica.

Asegúrese de que usted, su familia y amigos estén listos para pasar el mejor día en el agua preparándose para la Semana Nacional de Navegación Segura y durante toda la temporada de navegación. Poner en práctica las siguientes medidas puede salvar su vida, la de las personas que navegan con usted y la de terceros a su alrededor:

Lleve siempre puesto un chaleco salvavidas.

Designe a un conductor sobrio.Vístase adecuadamente según el clima.

Vístase por capas, lleve ropa de recambio por si se moja y recuerde que debe vestirse para la temperatura del agua, no para la del aire.

Elabore un plan de navegación y comunique siempre a alguien dónde va a navegar.

Todos los conductores de lanchas a motor, motos acuáticas y veleros nacidos el 1 de enero de 1989 o posteriormente, deben completar satisfactoriamente un curso de seguridad de navegación para poder navegar en Nuevo México. 

Debe llevar puesto un chaleco salvavidas mientras esté en una canoa, un kayak o una tabla de surf de remo.

Los niños de 12 años o menos deben llevar puesto un chaleco salvavidas mientras estén en la cubierta de una embarcación en movimiento. 

Realice un curso GRATUITO de seguridad en la navegación y obtenga una revisión GRATUITA de su embarcación. Llame al 1-888-NMPARKS (1-888-667-2757) o visite / para más información.

Los 35 parques estatales que puede visitar se encuentran en 25 de los 33 condados de Nuevo México, y 23 de estos destinos tienen una fuente de agua, desde estanques y arroyos hasta lagos y ríos. Para obtener más información y hacer una reserva, visite

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