Next week is National Safe Boating
Week, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard's Safe Boating Campaign, and Kodiak
plans to participate. A mayoral proclamation announcing May 16th through May
22nd as Safe Boating Week in the Kodiak Island Borough was issued at the Borough
Assembly's regular meeting Thursday.
Borough Mayor Jerome Selby called
the week the start of a year-round effort to promote boating safety. The
proclamation emphasizes Kodiak Island's variety
of commercial and recreational boating demands. It also stresses that weather
and sea conditions in Alaska
waters present dangers all year for the unprepared. Alan Morris of the U.S.
Coast Guard Auxiliary in Kodiak spoke at the meeting about the importance of
boating safety awareness, particularly in Alaska, and said he hopes to see efforts
continue beyond the week.
-- (Morris 1 48 sec. "Most lives lost in ... through the crab festival weekend also.")
identified three programs the auxiliary sponsors, not just during Safe Boating
Week. The first is a series of boating safety classes taught by certified
instructors for boaters of all levels of experience, from recreational to
-- (Morris 2 13 sec. "We hold boating safety ... best spent time they remember.")
Also part of the auxiliary's
efforts is its "Kids Don't Float" program, which provides boxes of life vests
at the Kodiak harbors that people can borrow. When the program began,
only infant and child-size life vests were provided, but due to demand for
youth and adult sizes, the auxiliary now has larger vests, as well.
-- (Morris 3 14 sec. "Hopefully starting May 16th ... slip
off a child in the water.")
said the auxiliary also provides free vessel safety inspections. The vessel safety checks or VSCs are designed to ensure
that people's boats are in compliance with local, state and federal laws. Upon
successfully passing the safety check, a VSC decal is placed on the boat.
Morris said the auxiliary will be providing inspections free of charge during
Safe Boating Week. Throughout the rest of the year, free inspections can be
-- (Morris 4 34 sec. "We won't give you a fine ... in
Kodiak, safe boating week.")
information on National Safe Boating Week, the Kodiak auxiliary's participation
in it and the programs it offers, visit our web site at kmxt dot org.