Coast Guard Auxiliary kicks off National Safe Boating Week

7th Coast Guard District NewsTAMPA, Fla. — The Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) sponsored a boating safety event at the Gandy Boat Ramp, Saturday.

As part of the Tampa Bay observance of National Safe Boating Week, (May 19-27) the public was invited to view a live boating safety demonstration. Many attendees brought their own conventional or inflatable-type life jackets to participate in the ‘Ready-Set-Wear’ mass life jacket inflation/donning.

National Safe Boating Week, first observed in 1952, is a nationwide boating safety campaign during the week leading up to the Memorial Day Weekend. It is designed to promote awareness of safe boating techniques and rules knowledge by urging boaters to take approved boating education courses, to wear life jackets and to undergo vessel inspections.

“Throughout Tampa Bay, Florida and the nation, the Coast Guard, the Auxiliary, the FWC and other groups deliver the NSBW message through a variety of safe boating promotional events,” said Tim Teahan, Coast Guard Auxiliary member hosting the event.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the nation’s most active boating safety educator – more than 100,000 boaters participate in Auxiliary safe boating programs annually. Founded in 1939, the Auxiliary is the civilian, all-volunteer arm of the Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security, providing boating education and Coast Guard mission support.

Locally, Flotilla 79 has trained thousands of boaters since the 1960s from locations in South Tampa.

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