Coast Guard Displays BAT-PAK at Miami Boat Show

MIAMI – The Coast Guard will have on display the Boating Advisory Trailer – Public Awareness Kit at the Miami International Boat Show’s Miami Beach Convention Center site Thursday through Monday.

The BAT-PAK is a mobile program designed to inform and educate recreational boaters of equipment that greatly increases their chances of survivability in the event of a mishap or emergency while boating. The program delivers training, onsite displays and follow-up education to the boating community.

The display contains a watercraft simulator that resembles a center console boat with a variety of navigational programs including weather patterns and various water obstacles that mariner’s can use to test their boating skills. The safety aid consists of a trailerable unit showcasing the Wear-It life jacket initiative.

“The BAT-PAK will inform our customers, the recreational boating community, that most importantly ‘life jackets save lives,'” said Bruce Wright, the Coast Guard District Seven recreational boating safety specialist. “Additionally, the BAT-PAK displays some of the most advanced safety equipment available to mariners today.”

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