The 8th Annual Channel Islands Harbor Safe Boating Expo will take place on Saturday, May 11 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.
Watch exciting offshore rescue on the water rescue of Boater from a boat on fire with a helicopter rescue of the boaters in the water by the swimmers from the helicopter together with local fire dept retrieval, fire contained and boater taken back to the dock for demonstration of Hypothermia and CPR at the CG dock. Demonstrations at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Free flare inspection and disposal will be available. There will be many commercial booths and exhibitors with demonstration's and a free digital selective calling (DSC) registration.
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.
“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.
The Coast Guard Station and boats will be open for public tours. Rides on the new 45 foot Response Boat as well as the 87-foot Cutter Blacktip will be offered from 9AM-Till 4PM . In addition, boaters can receive a free vessel safety examination with trailerable boats at the Channel Islands Harbor public boat launch.
Local safety agencies on site include Red Cross, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Channel Islands Harbor Patrol, Oxnard Police/Fire Dive Team, Navy Sea Cadets, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and Ventura Sail and Power Squadron.
“Every year we get larger crowds that attend this educational and fun event for the entire family, go to our new web site to request your ride on the boats ,” Goldman said.