Thursday, July 28, 2011

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary expands its safety-related courses.

Excerpt from U.S. Coast Guard Proceedings of the Marine Safety & Security Council magazineby Ms. Anne R. Lockwood, Director of Education,
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

For beginning boaters, “About Boating Safely” offers basic safety information and provides knowledge needed to obtain a state safety certificate.

Comprehensive Courses
The premier USCG Auxiliary public education courses are “Boating Skills and Seamanship” and “Sailing Skills and Seamanship.” These extensive safety courses provide up-to-date information on handling boats in all conditions.

Kayakers and Canoeists
Reaching out to one of the fastest- growing audiences in North America, the Auxiliary’s newest course is “Paddlesports America.” The target audience is novice kayakers and canoeists. This five-chapter, four-hour course addresses how to be safe on the water and return home safely.

What if … ?
Suddenly in Command” is designed for a person who suddenly becomes the helmsman when the boat operator becomes incapacitated. The course is a two- to four-hour seminar, designed to educate a person who becomes suddenly in charge of returning the boat to shore. The target audience ranges from a child out fishing with Granddad to an adult out for a boat ride.