Seattle Boat Show promotes safety on the water

13th Coast Guard District NewsSEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and their partners; Washington State Parks, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Power Squadron and the Northwest Marine Trade Association will be promoting boating safety at the Seattle Boat Show.

The Seattle Boat Show runs from January 27th to February 5th and the groups will have their booths staffed during the entire time that the exhibition is open. The location of the event can be found on the Seattle Boat Show web page or their Facebook page.

The groups will be highlighting best practices as well as regulatory issues to help boaters be safe and legal while operating in Puget Sound and adjacent U.S. and Canadian waters. All of the partner booths will have trained personnel available to answer questions as well as pamphlets and multi-media displays.

Some of the topics of particular interest will be:

  • Information on Washington State Parks Boating Program and the mandatory Boating Education Card
  • Life jacket displays and assistance with fitting
  • Required and recommended safety equipment for boats
  • Explanation of the new Canadian border crossing requirements

 

For more infomation on the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and their partners promotion of boating safety at the Seattle Boat Show, contact Auxiliarist Tammy King at (425) 205-7474.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteer civilians who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement. These men and women can be found on the nation’s waterways, in the air, in classrooms and on the dock, performing Maritime Domain Awareness patrols, safety patrols, vessel safety checks and public education.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was founded in 1939 by an Act of Congress as the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and re-designated as the Auxiliary in 1941. Its 35,000 members donate millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.

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