City of Dunedin and Coast Guard invites public to boating safety event

DUNEDIN, Fla., – The Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary, along with the City of Dunedin’s Touch-A-Truck event, is inviting the public to attend a boating-safety event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road in Dunedin, Fla., (corner of Pinehurst Road and Michigan Boulevard).

The event is designed to provide information to the public to help us all become more responsible boaters, crewmembers and passengers. The event will include a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter fly-over at about 11 a.m., hands-on exhibits, lifejacket donning exercises, lessons on 406 MHZ Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) and how to register your EPIRB.

The exhibits will also include a Coast Guard Auxiliary patrol boat on display, give-a-ways, and an opportunity for children to participate in the Officer Snook pollution game where they will learn how to protect our oceans, lakes and rivers from pollution.

The Coast Guard Boating Advisory Trailer – Public Awareness Kit (BAT-PAK) will also be on display. The BAT-PAK is a mobile program designed to inform and educate recreational boaters of equipment that greatly increases their survivability in the event of a mishap or emergency while boating. The program delivers training, on-site displays and follow-up education to the boating community.

For more information on the Coast Auxiliary visit http://www.cgaux.org/ or call 727 736-1191.

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