TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — May 19 through May 26 is National Safe Boating Week. The campaign is designed to help reduce boating fatalities and accidents by generating awareness of operator and passenger behavior on the water and to encourage boaters to take personal responsibility for their own safety and the safety of their passengers by following four key tenets of safe boating:
• Always wear your life jacket.
• Never boat under the influence.
• Take a boating safety course.
• Get a free vessel safety check.
The vessel safety check process is easy and can be completed in less than 15 minutes, ensuring a boat operator and their crew still have ample time to enjoy their day on the water. The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be offering these free safety checks 9 a.m.-1 p.m. the Tahoe City Boat Ramp on May 26. At the end of the check each boater will have received potentially life saving information about boat safety and their equipment. If they have met all the requirements, they will also receive a VSC sticker for 2012 to post on their boat that lets law enforcement know they have passed the safety check.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary supported the Lake Tahoe Water Trail Spring Paddle Event May 19. The North Lake Tahoe Coast Guard Auxiliary was on hand to give the paddle board and kayak participants a boating safety presentation.
The Coast Guard created by an act of Congress in 1939. The Coast Guard Auxiliary, America’s Volunteer Guardians, supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service’s missions including water safety. For membership and meeting information visit www.northtahoecgaux.com.