Lake Mead to host public safe boating day

LAKE MEAD, Nev. – To kick off National Safe Boating Week, which takes place May 20-26, the Lake Mead Safe Boating Partnership will hold its first public event, “Safe Boating Day,” on May 20th at Lake Mead’s Hemenway Harbor, the organization said in a statement yesterday.

Planned activities include life jacket instruction, with free life jackets for the first 250 attendees; at-the-water boating safety and training for personal watercraft; U.S. Power Squadrons vessel safety checks; safety demonstrations for all boats, including houseboats, kayaks and canoes; and boat launching demos.

Admission to Lake Mead will be free for all Safe Boating Day participants. Attendees who show proof of successful completion of any U.S. Coast Guard- or National Association of State Boating Law Administrators-approved boating safety training and take the May 20th “at-the-water mini course” will be eligible to win a brand new 2006 Sea-Doo GTI PWC, a family houseboat vacation, or a Colorado River rafting trip or kayak tour.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area park officials and California Department of Boating and Waterways, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Arizona Game and Fish Department and Personal Watercraft Industry Association representatives will be on hand throughout the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. event.

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