Coast Guard officials will kickoff National Safe Boating Week today at 11 a.m.

A free event will be held at the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, a news release said.

Officials with the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and other maritime responders will demonstrate boating safety techniques and answer questions from the public.

About 20 response vessels will be on display and handouts will be dispersed, the release said.

National Safe Boating Week is an annual awareness campaign promoted by the Coast Guard.

The week starts today and will run through May 24.

The initiative encourages people to take appropriate precautions such as obtaining a free vessel safety check, wearing life jackets, and filing float plans, according to the release.

Safety information will be provided for vessels including power boats, sailboats, personal watercraft, canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards, the release said.

For more information visit the U.S. Coast Guard boating safety website at www.uscgboating.org.