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Boat safely fairs

April 20, 2014 · Updated 12:27 PM

“Boat Safely Fairs” will be held on April 26 at the Port of Friday Harbor and April 27 at West Sound Marina, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on each day.

Before you castoff from the docks or launch your vessel to begin enjoying local waters, consider joining the San Juan Island Recreational Boating Safety Group at the fairs. The group is comprised of the U.S. Coast Guard, Washington State Parks and Recreation, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, San Juan County Fire Marshall, Friday Harbor Power Squadron, and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The focus of this multi-agency group is to improve the quality and delivery of education for the boating public and vessel examinations that are conducted in the San Juan Islands.

The concept of the fairs is to provide locations where interested boaters and the public in general can gather to visit first responder boats (law enforcement, vessel assist, and fire); view safety demonstrations (man-over-board, kayak self-rescue, oil spill containment); see static displays about boat safety (and Customs and Border Protection procedures at Friday Harbor); and take advantage of free vessel safety checks so that the boating public can be better prepared for a safe and enjoyable boating season.

At the Port of Friday Harbor there will also be a marine swap meet, food, drink, and music.  At West Sound Marina, parking will be available at the Orcas Yacht Club.

For children there will be costume characters known as PFD Panda and Officer Snook will be available at both locations.

Mark your calendars and plan on joining with us!  If you would like more information or would like to be an exhibitor/vendor at these events, please call David Tribolet at 376-3994.


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