Thursday, September 24, 2020

Marco Island’s Coast Guard Auxiliary Kicks Off 2010 Public Education Program

Capt. Arne W. Kelsey (Photo courtesy of Roger Blau)

Capt. Arne W. Kelsey (Photo courtesy of Roger Blau)

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 95 has been offering boating education programs on Marco Island for over 40 years. The mission of the Coast Guard Recreational Boating Safety program is to minimize the loss of life, personal injury, property damage, and negative environmental impact associated with the use of recreational boating through preventive means.  We work hard to keep our courses upgraded and current with new technology and talented instructors, just as we hope boaters keep both their  vessels and their boating skills and knowledge up-to-date.

Here are our Public Education programs available to the boating public for 2010.

BOATING SKILLS AND SEAMANSHIP:
This program is essential for every boater! The course runs for four weeks and meets every Monday and Thursday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.  It covers Florida boating laws, legal requirements for your boat, navigation rules, how to read a chart, common knots, weather patterns, and proper use of the

Photo courtesy of Roger Blau

Photo courtesy of Roger Blau

marine radio.

DATES: January 11 – February 4;  February 22 -March 18; October 18 – November 11.

BOATERS LOCAL KNOWLEDGE:
This unique, constantly-updated program was developed at the request of local boaters who want to know more about the various waterways in and around Marco Island and the Ten Thousand Islands.  We use aerial photos of local waters to help identify shallow areas for safe navigation.  Instruction will appeal to all ages.

DATES: January 20, 9-12:30 p.m;  February 15, 6-9:30 p.m; March 17, 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m; November 9, 6-9:30 p.m.

GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEMS – (GPS):
This program runs for two days and morning courses are offered at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Station in Caxambas Park. Students receive hands-on experience using a Garmin GPS 72 Handheld unit that we provide. Good way to learn.

SUDDENLY IN COMMAND:
This invaluable course provides both classroom and on the water instruction for women (and men too): what if you find yourself suddenly in command of

Photo courtesy of Roger Blau

Photo courtesy of Roger Blau

a boat?  Do you know how to stabilize your boat, or use a radio in an emergency situation?  Don’t wait until it’s too late to find out!

DATES:
February 2, 9-4 p.m;  March 19, 9-4 p.m. .

RADIO: (marine communication)
This new course was developed to help everyone understand the new DSC radios and the many tools they provide.  Do you have a radio with a red button that says “DISTRESS”? Is it connected to your GPS?  Do you have an MMSI number? For answers to these questions and more, you should take this three-hour course.

DATES:
February 11, 7-9 p.m;  March 2, 7-9 p.m;  March 25, 7-9 p.m; November 16, 7-9 p.m.

WEEKEND NAVIGATOR:
This new 12-hour course is an excellent refresher for everyone. It is taught over two days and is essential for safe boating! It utilizes traditional charts and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to navigate safely. Don’t leave the dock without it!

DATES:
February 3 & 5; March 10 & 12

For registration information for any of

Photo courtesy of Roger Blau

Photo courtesy of Roger Blau

these courses call: DOUG JOHNSON at (239) 642-8406.

Need a speaker for one of your groups? The Coast Guard Auxiliary can provide talented speakers who cover the highlights of any of our courses: Boating Safety Tips; Hurricanes and your Boat; Weather; Navigation Around Marco Island, are a few of the topics offered.

CLASSROOM LOCATION: All of our courses are conducted at the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Station – Flotilla 95 at:  905 Collier Court, Marco Island, FL, (in Caxambas Park).

FREE vessel safety checks are also available. A vessel safety check can identify safety features and money savings opportunities:

  • Prevent citations by meeting federal, state and local safety equipment requirements.
  • Identify educational and equipment-related possible boating
    insurance discounts.
  • Increase awareness of safety practices to avoid accidents and
    costly breakdowns.

To schedule a FREE vessel check please call:  Ron Klein, Staff Officer Vessel Examinations : (239) 775-7599, or leave a message at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Station, at (239) 394-5911.

Arne W. Kelsey is Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 95  Marco Island, FL.

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