BOATING SAFETY PUBLIC EDUCATION CLASSES
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.
FLOTILLA 33 COMPLETES 1ST 2017 FREE STATE OF VIRGINIA SAFE BOATING PUBLIC EDUCATION COURSE AT LANCASTER COMMUNITY LIBRARY ON SATURDAY 11 MAR 17
GRADUATES OF THE VA SAFE BOATING COURSE INSTRUCTED BY FLOTILLA 33 ON SATURDAY 11 MAR.
FLOTILLA 33 INSTRUCTOR DON GALLAGHER TEACHES A LESSON ON DANGEROUS FORCES.
THE NEXT SAFE BOATING CLASS WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY 08 APR AT THE NORTHUMBERLAND RESCUE SQUAD IN REEDVILLE (SEE SCHEDULE BELOW).
NEVER TOO EARLY TO THINK ABOUT BOATING SAFETY
“Eighty percent of fatalities on the water involve people that never took a Safe Boating Course,” stated Mike Kelley, Flotilla 33’s Education Officer. “Just because it is still cool, doesn’t mean people should stop thinking of safety when they start planning for the new boating season.”
Recently, Flotilla 33 offered a free Safe Boating Course that is required by anyone operating a boat with a 10 horse power motor or more. Seventeen boaters took advantage of the early course to successfully earn their Safe Boating Certificate.
Attending the course was: Sarah Bowis, Edwin Burton, Patricia Burton, Ian Champ, Elizabeth Harris, Elizabeth T. Harris, Ratcliff Harris, Crosby Mason, Katie Parker, Robert Ramsey Jr., Mason Runyon, Elizabeth Smith, William Smith, Jim Sparshott, Jeffrey Thomas, Dennis Tracey, and Susan Warwick.
The next Safe Boating Course is being offered on April 8th in Reedville. For more information or to enroll in the class, contact Mike Kelley 804-577-4233.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. For more information, please visit www.flotilla33.org
FLOTILLA 33 2017 BOATING SAFETY COURSE SCHEDULE
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.
SATURDAY 11 MAR - FREE PUBLIC Virginia Boating Safety Course @ Lancaster Community Library, Kilmarnock VA, 8:00 am till 5:00 pm.
SATURDAY 08 APR - FREE PUBLIC Virginia Boating Safety Course @ Northumberland Rescue Squad, Reedville, VA 8:00 am till 5:00 pm.
SATURDAY 03 JUN - FREE PUBLIC Virginia Boating Safety Course @ Lancaster Community Library, Kilmarnock VA, 8:00 am till 5:00 pm.
SATURDAY 12 AUG - FREE PUBLIC Virginia Boating Safety Course @ Lancaster Community Library, Kilmarnock VA, 8:00 am till 5:00 pm.
"SUDDENLY IN COMMAND CLASS"
** DATE TO BE DETERMINED **
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.
** DATE TO BE DETERMINED **
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO ENROLL IN A FLOTILLA 33 BOATING SAFETY COURSE CONTACT MIKE KELLEY, FLOTILLA 33 PUBLIC EDUCATION OFFICER @ email@example.com OR 804-577-4233.
PRIVATE BOATING SAFETY CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE FOR ANY ORGANIZATION, CIVIC GROUP, BUSINESS, MARINA, YACHT CLUB, OR HOME OWNERS ASSOCIATION.
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.
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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