Station Wilmette Harbor to Hold Boating Safety Open House

WILMETTE, Ill. – Held annually the week proceeding Memorial Day weekend, National Safe Boating Week is a great way to kick off a fun and safe summer on the water. From May 17-23, 2008, the Coast Guard is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Safe Boating Week by urging boaters to pay attention to their boating safety behaviors and reinforcing the importance of wearing a life jacket.

With a theme emphasizing “Boat Responsibly”, Safe Boating Week will be kicked off by an open house at Coast Guard Station Wilmette Harbor. The Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary invite the public to celebrate National Safe Boating Week on Sunday May 18, 2008, at 10 Harbor Drive, Wilmette, Ill. (in Gilson Park) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The open house will include free mini-classes in Navigation, Seamanship, Communications, Fire Fighting, Visual Distress Signals, Weather, and Knot Tying. The open house will also include tours of the Station and boats, equipment displays, free safety equipment inspections, food, and prizes. Boating safety pamphlets and brochures will be available for all attendees. If boaters wish to have any safety equipment inspected, please bring it with you to be inspected. The boating public can also take this opportunity to schedule a free Vessel Safety Check, courtesy of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary personnel will also assist in demonstrating how to properly use equipment.

The goal of National Safe Boating Week is to heighten awareness among recreational boaters of the importance about always wearing a life jacket and boating responsibly. This includes informing boaters they have options when it comes to today’s modern life jackets. Some options include new inflatable versions that offer a complete range of movement.

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

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