NASCAR driver Alex Bowman traded in his No. 88 car for a boat on Thursday.
Bowman was at the Coast Guard station at Wrightsville Beach to take part in Mission 600, a program put together by the Charlotte Motor Speedway that has NASCAR drivers visit each branch of the armed forces.
"It gives you a big apperception for how they do things," Bowman said of the Coast Guard.
Bowman and his pit crew took part in drills on how to throw a rope to someone in distress.
After touring the boat, they were able to test their sea legs.
"I have spent many hours on boats, but that's a little different," said pit crew member Rowdy Harrell. "When you are hopping those big waves, your stomach starts feeling a little weird."
When on the water, Bowman and crew retrieved a dummy that had fallen overboard. They also tossed ropes to a stranded boat that needed to be saved.
"I learned that I am not very good at throwing the rope," said Bowman. "They can tie some tricky knots that confused me instantly. It was just very cool, and really cool for them to show us the ropes a bit."
Bowman's favorite part was being able to drive the boat.
"That was a lot of fun," said Bowman. "Just some big waves. I guess four feet doesn't sound that big, but feels pretty big when you are out there."