10th Annual Safe Boating Exposition Prelude to National Safe Boating Week a Big Hit at Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Ventura Sheriff Rescue dropping their swimmer to assist the boater in the water from the distressed sailboat. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Mike Brodey.

The Ventura Sheriff drops off their rescue swimmer to assist a boater in the water during a demonstration. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Mike Brodey.

USCG Station Channel Islands, Oxnard, CA – The 10th Annual Channel Islands Harbor Safe Boating Expo was held  on Saturday, May 09, 2015,  at the  Coast Guard Station at 4201 South. Victoria Ave, Oxnard. The event was free to the public from 9 AM til 4 PM.

Article By Henry Goldman.


American emergency personnel transporting the boater (SN Allyssa Huckaba, USCG) up for observation and checking her vital signs, demonstrating CPR to the attendees in the stands. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Mike Brodey.

During the Expo County Supervisor John Zaragoza of the Ventura County Fifth District presented a Proclamation on behalf of the The Board Of Supervisors of Ventura County recognizing  this event as  the prelude  to the  National Safe Boating Week May 16 through May 22nd. Accepting the Proclamation was CG Station’s Executive Petty Officer BMC Duff and Chairman of the Expo, Auxiliarist Henry Goldman.

Well over 1000 attendees watched exciting offshore rescue demonstrations involving a boater rescue from a distressed sailboat. Responding to the distressed sailboat was made by the Ventura Search & Rescue Helicopter, the Oxnard Rescue Water Craft, the Ventura Fire Departments Fire Boat 5, Gold Coast Ambulance, and Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor.

The Oxnard Fire Rescue unit, taking the boater to the CG Base.

The Oxnard Fire Rescue unit, taking the boater to the CG Base. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Mike Brodey.

The emergency flare disposal promotion was a success with well over 175 expired flares that attendees  turned into the Ventura Sheriff’s Bomb Squad. In return for turning in their flares, they received a rebate voucher for new ones.

Food and beverages were  served and  sponsored by the Pacific Corinthian Youth Foundation with proceeds going to support the youth sailing program in Channel  Islands Harbor.

The Public in part of the Vendors Display.

The Public in part of the Vendors Display. USCG Auxiliary Photo by Mike Brodey.

Local vendors showed and  demonstrated the latest in safety products. Also, hands-on training demonstrations showing proper use of a fire extinguisher, kayak, paddle board, CPR and flares/distress signals. The latest types and styles of life jackets were demonstrated in a fashion show. Over 70 Life Jackets were given away free to those that brought in a unserviceable Life Jacket.

Over 490 attendees had the opportunity to tour the Coast Guard Station’s 45-foot Response Boat Medium, 29 ft. Response boat Small,  and the 87-ft  Coast Guard Cutter BLACKTIP. Also on site for touring were the Ventura County Fire  Boat 5, Vessel Assist Boat, and the National Park Service Park Rangers Boat.    


Center, Ventura County Supervisor, John Zaragoza on behalf of The Board of Supervisors of Ventura County recognizing this event as the prelude to the National Safe Boating Week May16 through May 22 presented a Proclamation of the event to the Station’s Executive Petty Officer, BMC Jesse Duff (left) and Chairman of the 10th Annual Channel Islands Harbor Expo, AUX Henry Goldman (right). USCG Auxiliary Photo by Mike Brodey.

Local safety agencies present at the expo included the Red Cross, Coast Guard,  Coast Guard Auxiliary, Channel Islands Harbor Patrol, Ventura County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad, Ventura County Fire Department, Oxnard Fire Department,  NOAA,  Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Ventura Sail and Power Squadron, American Red Cross, Sea Scouts,  Girl Scouts, Cert and many local safety equipment vendors.



  1. Kim Castrobran says:

    BZ to our members from Division 7 for a great job !

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