Coast Guard to kick off National Safe Boating Week with Water Safety Fair in Sausalito

SAN FRANCISCO — Coast Guard Station Golden Gate and the Coast Guard Auxiliary are scheduled to hold a free, public Water Safety Fair at Station Golden Gate at 10 a.m., Saturday.

The event, which kicks off National Safe Boating Week, will give the public and the media the opportunity to meet local first responders and learn about boating safety through demonstrations and discussions. The event will include a rescue helicopter demonstration at noon, rescue boat tours, a K-9 explosive-ordnance detection demonstration and information about boating safety, radio communications and paddle safety.

“We’re excited to meet with the community to promote safe and responsible boating heading into the summer,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Whitlow, a boatswain’s mate assigned to Station Golden Gate who has helped plan the event for the last four years. “The Bay Area is a beautiful place to enjoy getting out on the water and we want people to get out there and have fun, we just also want them to make it back to shore safely.”

Coast Guard personnel will also give away free “If Found” stickers for owners to label their paddle boards or kayaks. If a paddle craft is found, the sticker provides contact information so rescuers can determine if there is an actual emergency, or if the craft is simply adrift.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free.

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