Station Wilmette Harbor to hold boating safety open house

WILMETTE, Ill. – U.S. Coast Guard Station Wilmette Harbor will kick-off National Safe Boating Week with an open house here, Saturday, May 16, at 10 Harbor Drive in Gillson Park.

This free event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature tours of the Station and assigned rescue boats. In addition, the public can participate in free mini-classes on boating safety, fire fighting, navigation, seamanship and communications. Food and refreshments will also be available at no cost.

The goal of National Safe Boating Week, held this year from May 16-22, is to heighten awareness among recreational boaters of the importance of boating responsibly and always wearing a life jacket. With a theme emphasizing “Wear It: Always Wear Your Life Jacket,” the Coast Guard will be highlighting the latest technology in safety equipment for the water.

This includes informing boaters they have options when it comes to today’s modern life jackets, including new inflatable versions that offer a complete range of movement.

Any boaters who want to have any safety equipment inspected may bring it with them to be inspected. The boating public can also take this opportunity to schedule a free Vessel Safety Check, courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

For further information, contact Station Wilmette Harbor, Chief Joel Pribek at (847) 251-0185.

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