College of the Mainland invites the public to an interactive day of water and boating safety during its Kayak Demo Day from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lake Eckert on the college campus. This free event will serve as a unique opportunity for the entire community to join together for a collaborative day of learning with presentations on CPR, proper boating and safety techniques and life jacket demonstrations.

In collaboration with Fishing Tackle Unlimited and Texas Parks and Wildlife, Kayak Demo Day will highlight the additional importance for Galveston County’s coastal community to remain vigilant of water and boating safety year-round. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife boater education specialist, Mary Carrier, Texas leads the nation in drowning accidents, with 83 drowning-related deaths this year alone. While those statistics may be startling, the key element in preventing drowning accidents is education.

“First and foremost, boaters always need to be cognizant of their surroundings on the water to help prevent accidents,” said Carrier. “One of the worst water accidents is drowning. Drowning is preventable.”

Additionally, participants will receive an introductory explanation of the parts of a kayak, what strokes to use and how to maneuver kayaks safely. After the kayaks are offloaded and prepared for examination, participants will then have an opportunity to use them in Lake Eckert.

Kayak Demo Day is free and open to the public. For more information, call 409-933-8253.