This free event will allow families to visit the Museum, experience a dragon boat up close, get the feel of sitting in a kayak, try out a virtual boat training simulator provided by the U.S. Power Squadron and find out about other fun events to be held this summer .
After a long winter the Museum’s vessels will be open for visitation including the National Historic Landmark WWII Tugboat, “LT-5” and the National Register barge, “Derrick Boat 8”.
Search and rescue demonstrations will be conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard Oswego station using their 45 foot rescue boat. The Oswego Fire Department's Fire/Rescue vessel "Marine One" will be on hand as well. "Wear It! Oswego" personal flotation device information will be available at the Oswego Fire Department's display. This program allows the public to borrow life vests for fishing in Oswego's waters. Paddle Safety information will also be on location during the event. In addition, the Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer free vessel examinations in the public lot near the USCG boat house.
A Panda Pledge Kids Water Safety presentation will be held at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm at the museum’s Boating Center Ron Palm Pavilion. The program addresses water safety for kids not only during boating but also around swimming pools, farm ponds and streams and the "old swimming hole". At the conclusion of each presentation kids will be asked to take the "Panda Pledge" and will be given a U.S. Coast Guard Panda Pledge card.
"Oswego has the good fortune to be surrounded by water, whether it is a Great Lake, a spectacular harbor or a fish-filled river, which is also part of the greater New York State Canal system. This is a great opportunity to learn and experience all the waterfront has to offer. We call it a putting your toe in the water and see what you might like to do to have fun but didn't know where to start opportunity." noted Mercedes Niess, Executive Director of the Maritime Museum.
There will be displays for each partner organization as well as demonstration opportunities and information on upcoming water related events. Members of the Sea Scouts will be on hand to talk about youth opportunities through their scouting program. Visitors will have an opportunity learn more about the Oswego Lighthouse Restoration project and dates for Lighthouse Boat Tours this summer.
This event is a partnership of the Maritime Museum, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S.C.G. Auxiliary, Oswego Expeditions, Oswego Dragon Boat Club, Oswego Police and Fire Departments and the U.S. Power Squadron.
The Museum and Treasure Chest Gift Shop are open every day from 1-5 pm with expanded hours July and August from 10-5 pm. For more information contact: 315.342.0480 or visit www.hlwmm.org.