Flare-Up! - April 30, 2022

Saturday, April 30, 2022 - Weed Beach, Darien - 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Marine flares are required to be carried on most boats are rarely fired in non-emergency situations. Firing a marine safety flare is like calling "911" or pulling a fire alarm box - it is serious business for public service agencies, especially the Coast Guard. As a result, very few people have ever fired an emergency flare.

On Saturday, April 30th at Weed Beach between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. it will be possible to fire marine flares as part of a training event, organized by the Darien Sail & Power Squadron and the Darien Advisory Commission on Coastal Waters. Permission to fire flares during the safety briefing and training is granted by the Coast Guard.

Emergency flares are useful to let a rescue party know where the boat is actually located. Even though radios are used to report problems, rescue crews need to know just where the boat is located. If no radio is on board, the flare serves to let other boaters or people on shore know that there is a problem of a boat sinking or that someone is severely injured and needs assistance.

Since the use of a flare is so important in directing rescue services, they are not permitted to be fired on an individual basis or "just for fun" except for special training periods such as the April 30th event.

Instruction on the use of fire extinguishers will also be available, and the Darien Fire Marshal will provide an opportunity to use fire extinguishers on real oil and gas fire.

Boaters are invited to bring flares and fire extinguishers to Weed Beach during this exercise so they learn to use this important emergency equipment.

Further information concerning the April 30th FLARE/UP! may be obtained by contacting Frank Kemp 203 656 1129 or Owners of expired flares who are not able to attend the event should also contact the Squadron ( to arrange to donate flares for use in this training exercise.

If you do not have flares to dispose of, please come to the event anyway, as there will be sufficient supplies for everyone to fire a flare.

Directions from I-95 Eastbound: Take Exit 10, turning right (south) past ramp traffic light and onto Noroton Avenue. Continue on Noroton Avenue past traffic lights at Maple and at the next light, turn right (west) onto the Post Road (Rt. 1). At the next light turn left (south) onto Nearwater Lane. At the entrance to Noroton Bay, bear right to continue to Weed Beach (do not continue on Nearwater through the set of stone pillars) - to the site of Flare-Up!

Directions from I-95 Westbound: Take Exit 10 and proceed to the first traffic light. Turn left (South) onto Noroton Avenue and proceed per instructions above.

Directions from Merritt Parkway: Take Exit 37 (Darien) and head south on Rt. 124 (Mansfield Avenue) to the end where it meets the Post Road (Rt. 1) in the Town of Darien. Turn right at the traffic light onto the Post Road (Rt. 1) and head west. After several miles you'll pass two churches on your left and one on your right. At the next traffic light turn left (south) onto Nearwater Lane.