Coast Guard hosts Safety at Sea Weekend

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard NewsHONOLULU – Personnel at Coast Guard Base Honolulu hosted young adults from the Sea Scouts for a Safety at Sea Weekend, Friday through Sunday.

Approximately 38 scouts from several Sea Scout ships based out of Kauai, Oahu and the Big Island attended the event.

The purpose of this event is to provide Sea Scouts and their leaders with an opportunity to receive instruction and hands-on experience in a variety of boating safety skills and equipment that is generally unavailable to them. Activities generally include flare training, helicopter operations, usage of P6 pumps, maritime damage control, the proper wear of survival suits, the effects of hypothermia, and fire fighting techniques. This can be tailored to the resources locally available. The weekend provides extensive hands-on vessel safety training in which scouts are trained by Coast Guard personnel.

Sea Scouts are a group of young adults who train to become community leaders through a program with a nautical emphasis.

Safety at Sea training events have been held jointly by the Sea Scouts, the Coast Guard, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary for more than a decade in California, Texas, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and other locations.

“Sector Honolulu is honored to host the second-annual Safety at Sea Weekend for Sea Scouts from across the Hawaiian Islands,” said Ensign Karl Alejandre, the Coast Guard Safety at Sea Weekend coordinator. “This serves as an excellent opportunity for us to share our expertise with these young men and women. Our hopes are that the Sea Scouts will become more experienced boaters and mariners who will increase the public’s overall safety while at sea.”

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