Bobbie is a remotely controlled robot that interacts with kids and adults and teaches them about boating and water safety. Operators use a remote control device to activate Bobbie´s movements as well as a voice-altering headset to give a 15 minute prepared message on boat safety. Participants are also given booklets on boat safety and have opportunities to try on personal flotation devices.
Bobbie the Safety Boat offers a fun and educational way to bring about boating safety awareness in our community. The Royal Canadian Search & Rescue (RCMSAR) mission is to provide marine rescue service and promote public boating safety within the Pacific region.
Bobbie is very much in demand and appears at many schools and public events such as parades, fairs, and marine festivals. Bobbie the Safety Boat is modeled after his American counterpart in the United States “Coastie” who has made successful presentations at schools and public events. There is a Bobbie colouring and activity book for kids attending Bobbie presentations.
(Source: Edited from the original article by Chantal Cornwall, The Northern View)