Free Safe-Boating Events Planned for SE New England

Fisherman Safety-Training Funds Included in Coast Guard Bill
A Coast Guard ensign shows how to operate a high-volume dewatering pump that could be used to save a sinking vessel.

The Coast Guard is scheduled to host multiple safe-boating events in Southeastern New England as part of National Safe Boating Week, which runs from May 21-27.

Free vessel safety checks offered throughout the week by the Coast Guard Auxiliary ensure boats fully comply with all Federal and State boating safety laws and can help owners identify discrepancies with their safety gear. Citations are not issued during these courtesy safety checks; they are designed to educate and save lives.

A precursor to the busy summer boating season, National Safe Boating Week promotes safe and responsible recreation at sea.

Upcoming Events

May 21

  • Search and Rescue Demonstration at Surf Drive Beach, Falmouth, MA

The Buzzards Bay Sail and Power Squadron and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-02 of Woods Hole will co-sponsor this Safety-at-Sea event. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod and a 45-foot response boat crew from Station Woods Hole will give a Search and Rescue demonstration. Safety equipment will also be on display. The free event beings at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. Parking is available. Rain date is Sunday, May 22.

  • Vessel Exams at Sesuit Harbor, Dennis and Rock Harbor, and Orleans, MA, boat ramps

Qualified vessel examiners will provide free vessel safety checks for boaters. Members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary will be available to discuss safe boating practices, marine safety, environmental protection, and the mission of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. 11 a.m. 2 p.m.

  • Open House at Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, RI

Station and boat tours will be available. Meet the crew and visit the station’s radio room to see how Rescue 21 can pinpoint a mariner in distress.  The station is located at 75 Ridge Road, Newport, Rhode Island. The open house will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

  • Public Affairs Event at West Marine, Fairhaven, MA

114 Huttleston Ave. 10 a.m. until 4 p.m

  • Vessel Exam Ramp Day at Pease Park, Middle St., Fairhaven, MA

Boaters may also stop by and request a vessel exam for a later date. 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

  • Ready, Set, Wear It Day at Cabela’s, Berlin, MA

44 Highland Commons W, Berlin. 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

  • Boating Safety Class at Cabela’s,  Berlin, MA

44 Highland Commons W, Berlin. 9 a.m. until 5 p.m

  • Boating Safety Class at Borden Light Marina, Fall River, MA

1 Ferry Road, Fall River. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

May 22

  • Paddle Craft Exam Day at Osprey Sea Kayak, Westport, MA

488 Old Westport Rd, Westport. 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

May 24

  • Suddenly in Command Course, Fairhaven, MA

The 2 ½-hour boating safety course is designed for those not generally at the helm. Learn the basics of emergency response and nautical terminology and operating principles.  Also included are descriptions of what causes boating mishaps and how to minimize them, basic boat handling and what equipment should be on board. 80 Middle St. Fairhaven. 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

May 28

  • Vessel Exams at Webster Lake, Memorial Beach Boat Ramp. Webster, MA    

9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

  • Vessel Exams, Quinsigamond Boat Ramp, Shrewsbury, MA

9 a.m. until 3 p.m.