The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to host multiple safe boating events in Southeastern New England as part of National Safe Boating Week, which runs from May 21-27.

A precursor to the busy summer boating season, National Safe Boating Week promotes safe and responsible recreation at sea.

Here in Newport, the U.S. Coast Guard Station Castle Hill will host an Open House on Saturday, May 21st from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Station Castle Hill is a multi-mission station which conducts Search and Rescue, Ports Waterways and Coastal Security (PWCS), Recreational Boating Safety and Fisheries Regulation, in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island.

As a team they keep a vigilant watch over the waters of Narragansett bay, utilizing a crew of 44 active/25 reserve personnel and with four assets that include 45′ Response Boats Medium (RB-M), and two 25′ Response Boats Small (RB-S).

Station Castle Hill maintains a high level of readiness and response by maintaining a 24 hour watch and responding to over 200+ search and rescue cases per year.

During this open house, visitors will be able to meet the crew, visit the station’s radio room to see how Rescue 21 can pinpoint a mariner in distress and tour the Station and boats.

The station is located at 75 Ridge Road, Newport, Rhode Island.

During National Safe Boating Week, Free vessel safety checks will be offered throughout the week by the Coast Guard Auxiliary ensure boats fully comply with all Federal and State boating safety laws and can help owners identify discrepancies with their safety gear. Citations are not issued during these courtesy safety checks; they are designed to educate and save lives.

For more U.S. Coast Guard Events happening during National Safe Boating Week, visit Coast Guard to kick-off boating season in Southeastern New England with numerous safety events.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).