Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Keith Wohltman, USCG Auxiliary, Shares Lifesaving Tips With Newcomers Club

L to R: Newcomer President – Jacky Childress, Program Chair – Kim Flaugh, Guest Speaker – Keith Wohltman-USCG Auxiliary, Newcomers VP – Kim King, & Betsy Wohltman

L to R: Newcomer President – Jacky Childress, Program Chair – Kim Flaugh, Guest Speaker – Keith Wohltman-USCG Auxiliary, Newcomers VP – Kim King, & Betsy Wohltman

On Wednesday, June 10th the Newcomers held their monthly luncheon at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The ladies enjoyed reconnecting with their Newcomers friends, sharing more than a few laughs, and welcomed three new members to the club.

After a delicious lunch, the ladies were treated to an informative, fun lecture “Suddenly in Command” by Keith Wohltman of the USCG Auxiliary. He used volunteers from the audience to act out real boating scenarios.

“Would you know what to do if you were suddenly in command?” Commander Wohltman asked the ladies. He continued, “Would you know what to do if your

Newcomers member – Betsy Wohltman & her husband,  Keith Wohltman of the USCG Auxiliary. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Newcomers member – Betsy Wohltman & her husband, Keith Wohltman of the USCG Auxiliary. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

captain was no longer at the wheel? What would you do in case of an emergency? Do you have a plan? Do you know how to get help?”

As the volunteers acted out the scene, Commander Wohltman shared life-saving tips. He insisted that even day passengers out for a pleasure cruise must be trained in case of an emergency. Commander Wohltman stressed the importance of knowing what to do in case of an emergency, how to communicate with emergency services, the basics of using a CB radio, conveying the boat’s location, and where emergency kits are located. His lecture

Commander Wohltman & volunteer captain – Kim King pose with boat prop

Commander Wohltman & volunteer captain – Kim King pose with boat prop

left the ladies with a greater awareness of the boating basics that everyone should know; but sadly, aren’t required to know before renting a boat.

 

Boating Safely:

Make sure you know how to call emergency services, use a CB radio, find the boat’s location and locate emergency kits

 

Making time for friends, new & old

The luncheon ended with crowd-pleasing, door prizes from their very generous sponsors.

The next luncheon will be July 8th at the Marco Island Yacht Club. Social starts at 11:30am with lunch following at noon. Please contact Sandy Cerutti at 239-961-1600 or Susan Wolfe at 239-970-2007, if you would like to attend.

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