The 9th Annual Channel Islands Harbor Safe Boating Expo will take place on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Coast Guard station at 4201 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. This event is free to the public.


During the 9th Annual Safe Boating Expo, public tours will be available on the 87' US Coast Guard Cutter Blacktip and other boats, while offshore rides will be available on the 45' RBM boat. These multi-mission patrol boats conduct critical Homeland Security Operations, Search and Rescue, and Fisheries and Maritime Law Enforcement. Passengers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Space is limited. Guarantee your space by reserving your spot by May 4, 2014


There will be food and beverages sponsored by the Pacific Corinthian Youth Foundation with proceeds going to support the youth sailing program in channel Islands Harbor.

Join us for a day of exciting Safe Boating Expo events:


* Offshore Air, Sea, & Fire Rescue Demos 11:00 am & 2:00 pm: Ventura County Sheriff’s Rescue, Channel Islands Harbor Patrol, Ventura County Fire Department, Oxnard Police/Fire Dive Team, U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter and Gold Coast Ambulance.


* Safety Demonstrations 9:00 am to 4:00 pm: Fire Extinguisher, Flares, Life Jackets, First Aid, Kayaking, Scuba Diving and many more.


* Agency Booths and Displays: Ventura County Fire Department, Ventura Sheriff Rescue, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, National Weather Service, Channel Islands National Park, Red Cross, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Ventura Sail and Power Squadron, Channel Islands Harbor Patrol, National Parks Rangers, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Vessel Assist.

“Local vendors will demonstrate the latest in safety products and hands on training for the proper use of a fire extinguisher, shooting a flare will be available and the latest types and styles of life jackets will be demonstrated,” said Henry Goldman member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and chairman of this annual event.


“Every year we get larger crowds that attend this educational and fun event for the entire family, go to our new web site at Boat Rides to request your ride on the boats ,” Goldman said.

In addition, boaters can receive a free vessel safety examination with trailerable boats at the Channel Islands Harbor public boat launch.