HONOLULU (KHNL) - Memorial day weekend is just over a week away and marks the beginning of summer. It's a time when a lot of people are going to be out and about on the water. So the coast guard is promoting it's latest campaign to keep boaters and swimmers safe.
The primary goal of the campaign is to increase boating safety by making sure people who own water crafts are in compliance with federal, state, and local requirements.
The coast guard is offering a free voluntary examination for boat owners. The inspection includes the required and recommended safety equipment, as well as information on proper boating skills.
A coast guard spokesperson says, "this vessel safety exam, is free to you. It's also penalty free. So, if you don't have something on your boat that you're supposed to have, As long as you get it fixed before you go out on the water, it's penalty free."
Some of the general items on the inspection list include a check of your "on board" fire extinguisher,making sure you have enough life jackets for all passengers on your boat, and that you have an emergency evacuation plan, similar to the one you would have for your home.