The U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary are hosting their fourth annual Open House at Station Shinnecock at 100 Foster Avenue in Hampton Bays on Saturday, July 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fred Furnell, a member of the USCG Auxiliary who’s produced the Open House since 2009, responded with an enthusiastic “absolutely,” when asked if the event would be good for kids.
He highlighted the releasing of Tigger, a rehabilitated gray seal by the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation as a family-friendly event, as well as a display of “Coastie,” an interactive robot, and the tours of the 1947 motor life and fast response boats and the Shinnecock Station’s Communications Center, which are always a hit.
There will also be life jacket, flare and knot tying demonstrations, as well as demonstrations by the USCG Marine Safety Environmental Incident Response Team and the Hampton Bays Fire Department Dive Team.
For adults, free vessel safety checks will be offered for boats on trailers or in the water. Boats in the water must contact Station Shinnecock on VHF Channel 22 prior to entering the boat basin at the station.
The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office will also be present and will be offering photo IDs and fingerprint cards for children through their Operation Safe Child program.
For more information, call (631) 728-0078.