Coast Guard auxiliary offers safety course

TICONDEROGA-United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-13 Crown Point recently conducted a boating safely class at the Ticonderoga Middle School.

Commander Eugene H. Frost said that 14 seventh and eighth grade students completed the eight-hour course which is a federally approved course recognized in all 50 states as a course that meets, and in many cases exceeds any given states boating safety course requirements.

That's truly one of the benefits of the Coast Guard course, Frost said. It eliminates the need to take another course because the state course you might have taken which might have been an excellent course, could not be accepted as meeting the requirements of the state you wish to boat in.

The Coast Guard course covers all aspects of boating safety, from the different types of vessels, paddle, sail, or power, and the different types within each class, what equipment is required to meet federal and state requirements to safely operate that vessel, as well as float plans, trailering, accident reporting requirements, How to handle a vessel under various situations, how to anchor a boat securely, aids to navigation, knots, docking, and rules of the road or right of way rules, as well as environmental concerns.

Frost pointed out that the Coast Guard course is taught only by USCG certified Instructors. Flotilla 15-13 has seven USCG certified instructors. Five of the local instructors attended and taught the Ticonderoga Middle School students.

"This was a pilot program," Frost said, "and it was so much fun for all of us, the students, and instructors. This is important information that these children will carry with them the rest of their lives. It could very well save their lives or the lives of other boaters. It's just that important."

Flotilla 15-13 will be conducting a boating safely course in Ticonderoga on July 9 for the general public at a location to be announced. Call Frost at 585-9034 or Flotilla Staff Officer Dave Iuliano at 585-7030 for reservations.

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