National Safe Boating Week Begins Saturday, Free Safety Checks Being Offered

Tomorrow is the start of National Safe Boating Week, which
is used to promote safe and responsible boating and the importance of wearing
life jackets or personal flotation devices. As part of Safe Boating Week, the U.S.
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla is offering free Vessel Safety Checks starting
this weekend in the Fond du Lac area to help people stay safe on the water this
summer. “It’s their opportunity to bring their boat
in, have it checked for life jackets, the registration, making sure their
navigation lights are working, making sure their battery covers are in place so
that they pass,” Captain James Haase said. “And once they pass that safety
check they get a decal for the year showing that that boat has been checked and
meets the requirements.”

The first of those safety check events is tomorrow morning
at Fleet Farm in Fond du Lac from 10 am until 1pm. Other events will be held
June 1st from 9 am until Noon at the Lakeside Park West Boat
Landing, June 23rd from 10 am until 1 pm at the Lighthouse Harbor
Boat Landing and July 13th from 10 am until 1 pm at the Fisherman’s
Road Boat Launch. People interested in a free safety check can also go to to request an inspection for a time that fits with their schedule.

Listen to an interview about safe boating week here