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Boating safety set for Saturday

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the U.S. Coast Guard are launching National Safe Boating Week with events from 8:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kihei Boat Ramp.

Boat owners can bring their vessels to the ramp for a free Recreational Vessel Safety Exam by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and receive a 2019 sticker.

People may also receive a free orange sticker to place their names and phone numbers on kayaks and stand-up paddle boards in case the gear is lost.

Coast Guard Station Maui is expected to have its 25-foot response boat at the event. Children can also participate in the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s “Coastie The Safety Boat” Youth Education, Boating, and Water Safety Program.

Mayor Michael Victorino will present a National Safe Boating Week proclamation.

For more information about the National Safe Boating Week activities, email MauiBoatClass@gmail.com. For information on boating classes, including the new State of Hawaii-mandated licensing course, visit www.mauiboatclass.com. An internet course is also available at www.boated.com/hawaii.