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BOATING SAFETY PUBLIC EDUCATION CLASSES

 

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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary courses provide instruction to boaters at all levels, from the fundamental to the advanced. Our courses are taught by experienced and knowledgeable instructors committed to the highest standards of the U.S. Coast Guard.

 

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FLOTILLA 33 2018 BOATING SAFETY COURSE SCHEDULE 

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AS OF JULY 1, 2016 ALL VIRGINIA MOTORBOAT OPERATORS REGARDLESS OF AGE MUST HAVE COMPLETED A NASBLA APPROVED BOATING SAFETY COURSE.

 

THE VIRGINIA BOATING SAFETY COURSES BELOW SATISFY THE VIRGINIA BOATER EDUCATION LAW REQUIREMENT.

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ABOVE CLASSES 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

 

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FLOTILLA 33 PRESENTS SUDDENLY IN COMMAND COURSE AT LANCASTER COMMUNITY LIBRARY ON SATURDAY 21APR18

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WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WERE SUDDENLY IN COMMAND OF A BOAT? AMY THOMAS, FLOTILLA 33 INSTRUCTOR, PRESENTS A LESSON ON EQUIPMENT FOR YOUR BOAT.

DR. BETTY MILL, JEN STACK, AMY THOMAS, & JIM THOMAS WERE THE INSTRUCTORS FOR SUDDENLY IN COMMAND.

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DR BETTY MILL DISCUSSES PRACTICAL FIRST AID & WHAT MEDICAL SUPPIES SHOULD BE ONBOARD YOUR BOAT.

 

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JEN STACKS DISCUSSES RISK MANAGEMENT, HOW TO STAY CALM IN AN EMERGENCY, & ANALYZING & RESOLVING YOUR SITUATION.

 

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AMY THOMAS DISCUSSES FEDERAL & STATE REQUIRED SAFETY EXUIPMENT.

 

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(L TO R): FLOTILLA 33 INSTRUCTORS JIM THOMAS, AMY THOMAS, & JEN STACK. NOT PICTURED WAS BETTY MILL.

JIM THOMAS LEAD A DISCUSSION ON YOUR BOAT'S RADIO, HOW TO COMMUNICATE OF A VHF MARINE RADIO, & HOW THE COAST GUARD CAN RENDED DISTRESS & NON-DISTRESS ASSISTANCE TO RECREATIONAL BOATERS.

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“Its surprising how many get involved in an emergency and do not know what to do, even at the point of saving their lives,” commented Pat Hogan, Flotilla Commander.  “We want to have the most people enjoy the water safely, hence Flotilla 33 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary offered a course at the beginning of the boating season.”

“The intent of this four-hour class is for a person on a boat that finds them self “Suddenly in Command”, to be able to know enough basics to operate the boat and equipment on board safely or get help,” commented Mike Kelley, Education Staff Officer for Flotilla 33. “There are a lot of situations where people with just a little bit of knowledge can save the life of a friend or family member.”

 

Students learned about safety, communications, rules of the road, and operating principals. Also included were discriptions of boating mishaps and how to minimize them. Flotilla 33's Commander, Pat Hogan, stated; "Misfortune occurs in seconds, and you have the rest of your life to be grateful that you knew what to do because you were prepared".

 

Students and now safer boaters that attended the class included: Diane Byrd, Kevin David, Judy Ebner, Andrew Hinton, M'Liss Hinton, Marion Howell, Judy Kelley, Barbara Mait, Elizabeth Orsini, Jim Ray, Kae Reeves, Paul Reeves, Dale Reynolds, Mary Requa, Susan Rogers, & Polli Romey.

 

SUBMITTED BY BRIAN MCARDLE, DIVISION 03 PUBLICAIONS OFFICER

 

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FLOTILLA 33 CONCLUDES BOATING SAFETY COURSE AT LANCASTER HIGH SCHOOL ON 28FEB18

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FLOTILLA 33 SAFE BOATING INSTRUCTORS WITH THE LANCASTER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.

 

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LANCASTER HIGH SCHOOL SAFE BOATING STUDENTS WORKING ON THE STATE OF VIRGINIA SAFE BOATING EXAM. ALL STUDENTS ATTENDING COMPLETED THE COURSE & EARNED THEIR VIRGINIA BOATER EDUCATION CARD.

 

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ABOVE TOP FLOTILLA 33 PUBLIC EDUCATION OFFICER MIKE KELLEY (R) ASSISTS BLAIR SMITH (L) WITH A LIFE JACKET. BELOW MIKE KELLEY PRESENTS JACOB DAVIS WITH A VA BOATER EDUCATION CARD.

  

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FLOTILLA 33 INSTRUCTORE (L TO R): FRANS KASTEEL, MIKE KELLY, BRIAN MCARDLE, & WALTER MONTROSS.

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LANCASTER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS COMPLETE BOATING SAFETY COURSE

Students rush in and take their seats.  The school bell rings and immediately the class is off and running until the end of period bell rings.  “It was not easy to adjust an 8-hour course into 25-minute sessions,” stated Mike Kelley, Flotilla 33’s Education Officer.  “We had to redesign the course to meet the time constrains.  For example, we could not give the final 60 question test at one time since it was just not enough time to complete it in one session.”

This was the first time the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fishery’s safe boating course has been presented in this fashion.  Flotilla instructors committed to making presentations for 17 school days in a row. “In preparing for these classes, we expected to have some down time at the beginning of each session just giving students time to get into their seats and settled for the class,” said Walter Montross, Instructor. “Every minute was precious in such a short time span.  However, the students were in their seats and prepared when the period bell rang…they were there to learn!”

The students met the requirements of the law by successfully completing the safe boating course and can now operate a boat or jet ski.  “These are much better and safer boaters now,” commented Frans Kasteel, Instructor.  “Coast Guard statistics show year after year that 80% of the fatalities on the water involve people that never took a safe boating course

STUDENTS:

Jordan Abbott, Shane Abrams, Noah Booth, Olivia Brocklebank, Jacob Davis, Maddy Davis, Lily Delano, EJ Draleau, Adarian Henderson, Matthew Kleinfelter, Will Parker,  Kaitelin Seaver, Blair Smith, Amanda Steensma, Emilie Webster, & Katarina Zeiler.

SUBMITTED BY BRIAN MCARDLE, DIVISION 03 PUBLICAIONS OFFICER

 

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 "SUDDENLY IN COMMAND CLASS"

 SATURDAY APRIL 21, 2018 

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THE CAPTAIN FALLS OVERBOARD OR IS INJURED, YOU ARE SUDDENLY IN COMMAND. A 4-HOUR CLASS PRESENTED BY:

 MICHELLE THORNTON (TOP L), DISTRICT 5SR CHIEF OF STAFF

JEN STACK (TOP R), DISTRICT 5SR FLIGHT SAFETY OFFICER

BETTY MILL (LOWER L), PHD NURSING, NURSE PRACTIONER

AMY THOMAS (LOWER R), DIVISION 03 COMMANDER

TOPICS INCLUDE: HOW TO HANDLE THE BOAT, HOW TO GET HELP, COMMUNICATING WITH THE COAST GUARD, HOW TO SAVE YOUR CREW, PLUS ENGINE FAILURES, FIRE, STORMS, DARK, FOG, SINKING, & QUESTIONS FROM ATTENDEES.

 SATURDAY APRIL 21, 2018  

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO ENROLL IN A FLOTILLA 33 BOATING SAFETY COURSE CONTACT MIKE KELLEY, FLOTILLA 33 PUBLIC EDUCATION OFFICER @ mikekelleydad@icloud.com OR 804-577-4233.

 

PRIVATE BOATING SAFETY CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE FOR ANY ORGANIZATION, CIVIC GROUP, BUSINESS, MARINA, YACHT CLUB, OR HOME OWNERS ASSOCIATION.

 

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10 REASONS TO TAKE A BOATING SAFETY COURSE 

Boating is a great adventure on any type of boat and is being enjoyed by many on a daily basis, but with that comes a great responsibility. Here are some very good reasons to get your self informed about the rules of the road.

1)  You will learn about safety equipment and what you are required to have on your boat before you undertake any boating excursion. This is very important because what you don’t have with you could make the difference between being able to handle a situation or not. Also, that outing for the day could cost you if the authorities stop you for a spot check of your boat and fines you for not having all the safety equipment required for your specific boat.

2)  You will learn that driving a boat is vastly different from driving a car. You are dealing with air and water currents. If you have never docked a boat you may think that it is easy, until that is, the current is pulling you in the opposite direction that you want to go. Understanding air and water currents and tides will help you learn how to dock your boat.

3)  Knowing how to work with lines and tying knots is part of boating. You have to be able to secure a boat properly. If your boat gets away, it is amazing how quickly the current or tide will take it out of your reach and you will probably require the assistance of another boater to help you get to it. So learn your knots.

4)  You will learn what the channel markers mean. Knowing what the markers and lights mean can keep you from going aground in a shallow channel or running in to another boat because you were in the wrong lane.

5)  There are speed limits on certain water ways but unlike the roads, they may or may not be posted. Ignorance may not be enough to get you out of a ticket.

6)  Using charts for coastal navigation can be a life saver. It’s your road map that helps you stay away from the shallows and shows where all the markers and bridges are, and by using measurements you can calculate the distance and time it will take to get somewhere. It can be valuable tool for navigation.

7)  Just like on the roads, you sometimes have to give way to the other guy. In a boating course you will learn who does that and why.

8)  Every boat should have a horn. You may hear one long toot or 2 short toot and so on, and you’ll learn what they mean.

9)  There are boating regulations and laws that must be followed by all boaters, for example, in Virginia you are not allowed to sit on the bow of the boat with your feet hanging over board. There are many more regulations to learn and not knowing them can cost you.

10)  Anchoring a boat is not just a matter of plopping a big chunk of iron down to the sand. There is a mathematical technique applied to anchoring that has to do with the size and length of your boat. Knowing how to do this correctly will give you that extra insurance of knowing your boat is going nowhere until you want to move it.

There are different ways to enjoy pleasure boating such as the fast pace of ski boating or the slow pace of a trawler, kayaking or canoeing. In whatever way you want to do it, it is a good idea to know the rules of the road. Then you can avoid potential situations and get on with the fun of being out there with all that sky, sun, water, family and friends.

 

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The links below provide short descriptions of each Coast Guard Auxiliary Course.

About Boating Safely (ABS) (8 Hours)

Boating Fun (B&F) (1 Hour For 4-9 Year Olds)  

Boating Skills & Seamanship (BS&S) (8-13 Sessions)

How To Read A Nautical Chart (HRNC) (3-4 Hours) 

Navigating With GPS (GPSFM) (3-4 Hours)

Paddlesports America (PSA) (4-Hour) 

Personal Watercraft Course (PWC) (4-Hour) 

Sailing Skills & Seamanship (SS&S) (8-13 Sessions)

Suddenly In Command (SIC) (4 Hours)

Weekend Navigator (WN) (4-13 Sessions)

 

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