Maine Coast Guard to hold free open house

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The public is invited to the Coast Guard's annual Boat Smart recreational boating safety day, open house and boating and kayaking safety seminar Saturday in South Portland, Maine.

This free event is an opportunity for the public to learn about potentially lifesaving boating, kayaking and canoeing safety information, as well as to tour various Coast Guard boats and cutters stationed in Portland.

"With the peak boating season upon us, it is time to put all aspects of boating safety back in the public eye," said Lt. Colleen McCusker, the recreational boating safety officer at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. "With the help and support of our partners, we are excited to provide this opportunity to obtain useful safety information and skills that make it easy to 'boat smart' and that could end up saving a life."

Activities planned during the open house and seminar includes:

  • Tours of various Coast Guard boats and cutters
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary courtesy boat checks
  • Flare demonstration and seminar, and an opportunity for the public to expend expired and unused flares, rescue demonstrations and kayak and canoe safety seminars
  • Boating under the influence (BUI) safety awareness presentations by local marine law enforcement personnel
  • Boat and kayak specialists will provide presentations on required and recommended safety equipment, resources for approved safety gear, recreational boating skills, and trip planning.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, located at 259 High Street South Portland, Maine.