West Marine to loan safety videos

WATSONVILLE, Calif. – West Marine Inc., a specialty retailer of boating supplies and apparel, will provide a new boating safety video on a loan basis to its customers at stores nationwide, the company said in a release today.

In partnership with the United States Power Squadrons, West Marine has distributed more than 2,000 boating safety videos to its 365 stores nationwide. Beginning today, the videos are available for loan to customers through West Marine’s new video lending program.

The video titled “Your Guide to Safety Equipment,” was produced by the U.S. Power Squadrons and funded by a grant from the Aquatic Resources (Wallop-Breaux) Trust Fund, which is administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

“We’re pleased to offer West Marine customers and boating enthusiasts the opportunity to view this important boating safety video now available through our video loaner program, said John Edmondson, CEO of West Marine. “We hope boaters of all experience levels will utilize this free resource and brush up on boating safety by borrowing and viewing the video.”

The 45-minute video includes compelling visual demonstrations and comprehensive information on the Coast Guard mandated equipment that boaters need to have on-board for compliance as well as other items that the U.S. Power Squadrons recommend for maximum safety, according to the retailer. The video package also includes a $10 West Marine gift coupon for use toward purchases of $50 or more at any store location.

“The U.S. Power Squadrons feel it’s important to educate the boating public on the proper items to have on board their vessels for Coast Guard compliance and for safe boating,” said Les Johnson, U.S. Power Squadrons chief commander.

The U.S. Power Squadrons wrote the grant and served as project manager for the project.

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