Coast Guard Auxiliary kicks off National Safe Boating Week

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Coast Guard Auxiliary Commodore Robby Robinson conducts a vessel safety check on Cmdr. Terry Johns’ boat in Egg Harbor Township to kick off National Safe Boating Week May 21, 2011. A vessel safety exam is a courtesy examination to verify the presence and condition of safety equipment required by state and federal regulations. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary photo.

 The Coast Guard Auxiliary conducts approximately 132,000 vessel checks and 86,000 marine dealer visits annually. The reason for the free, no fault safety checks are to help emphasize safe boating through education and awareness.

All boaters are encouraged to contact their local Coast Guard Auxiliary to attend a class on boating safety or to get a free vessel safety check and receive a vessel safety check sticker for having necessary equipment on board.

Visit the following web site to receive your vessel safety check or call 1-800-336-BOAT (2628) to sign up for a course.

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