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.

Just Posted

Former Nelson swimmers competing in NCAA

Jordan and Kelsey Andrusak will be rivals in in the Western Athletic Conference

CHECK THIS OUT: Don’t let reading fall by the wayside this summer

Avi Silberstein is the children’s librarian at the Nelson Public Library

Kootenay students learn about lake stewardship

Two hundred and fifty students from around Kootenay Lake participated in the Youth Water Festival

Restoration underway on Nelson cenotaph

The Nelson War Memorial was constructed in 1922

Protesters rally in Victoria over newly approved Trans Mountain pipeline

The Still No Consent! No Trans Mountain! 20 kilometre march will end at Island View Beach

Wildfire burning in coastal forest

A fire beside the Sea to Sky Highway is burning up a steep slope

PHOTOS: Event marks one year since soccer team rescued from Thai cave

Nine players and coach took part in marathon and bike event to help improve conditions at cave

Rock climber dies after fall at Stawamus Chief in Squamish

The man had fallen about 30 metres while climbing in the Grand Wall area

Five B.C. students taken to hospital after playing with vaping device

School district said students were taken to hospital ‘out of an abundance of caution’

Being a pot dealer is not what it used to be

Sunday Big Read: the business of selling marijuana in B.C. is a slow bureaucratic slog

VIDEO: Two more pride flags have been stolen from Langley woman

Lisa Ebenal was “angry” and “fed up” after the latest theft. Then people started showing suppport

B.C. couple who has raised 58 children turns to community amid cancer diagnosis

Family who raised, fostered and adopted many kids hoping to gain some precious together time to fight cancer

Canucks acquire forward J.T. Miller from Lightning

J.T. Miller, 26, had 13 goals and 34 assists for the Lightning last season

Most Read