Cost Guard Auxiliary Unveils New Boating Safety Aid

MIAMI – The Coast Guard is scheduled to unveil their new Boating Advisory Trailer – Public Awareness Kit during the annual Coast Guard Auxiliary Conference at the Hyatt Hotel, Pier 66, Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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 target communities.

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 any mariner can use to test their boating skills. The safety aid consists of a trailerable unit showcasing the Wear-It life jacket initiative, and can be easily positioned at boat shows, outdoor venues or can stand alone in remote and public boat ramps,

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of the Coast Guard and assists in its responsibilities to help educate the boating community on boating safety.

“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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