Sail Nelson is organizing the first annual Nelson Safe Boating event this month at Lakeside Park, coinciding with National Safe Boating Awareness week. Photo submitted

Safe boating event planned in Nelson on May 25

The event coincides with the National Safe Boating Awareness week

Submitted

On Saturday, May 25, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the first annual Nelson Safe Boating event will take place at Lakeside Park. This event coincides with the National Safe Boating Awareness week and will feature event booths, interactive games, prize giveaways, and all kinds of family fun. All are welcome and admission is free.

In the Nelson area within the last eight years there have been 14 deaths on the waters surrounding our region and countless other close calls. The issues of watercraft safety and education around the safe use of our waterways is of continued importance. This event will engage the public to learn about the tools, equipment, people, and many other systems in place to ensure a safe waterway for all to enjoy.

Come down and try on some PFDs, get your fire extinguishers checked, learn about VHF radio use, rules of the road, and more. BC Conservation Service will have their mussel detection dog (K9 Major) doing demos and helping people to understand how to curtail invasive mussel species. Rain or shine, the event is on and will be fun and educational for all.

Sail Nelson will also offer expired flare collection. Flares manufactured in 2014 or earlier are now expired. Distress flares are only valid for four years from the date of manufacture, and you cannot simply set them off or throw them in the garbage. Disposing of flares in a safe and environmentally friendly manner is difficult and hundreds of boaters each year wonder how to safely dispose of their distress flares.

With the assistance of the Nelson Fire Department, Sail Nelson will have collection bins available during the event. These bins will enable community members to safely dispose of their expired emergency flares.

The first annual Nelson Safe Boating event is hosted by Sail Nelson the Kootenay’s own Sail Canada-accredited sailing school. Founder, owner, and lead sailing instructor Penny Caldwell saw an opportunity for an event like this and gathered her team to make it happen.

Through strong support from Nelson Search and Rescue, local first responder agencies, local governments, retailers, suppliers, and many others, Sail Nelson is proud to present the event.

Further information can be found at the event Facebook page, Sail Nelson’s website, or by contacting Penny at sailnelson@outlook.com.

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