U.S. Coast Guard to offer 'On the Water Emergency Safety Seminar' on Marco Island

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On May 20, in conjunction with and in support of the 2017 National Safe Boating Week (NSBW) campaign, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAux) Flotilla 95, Marco Island, will present an “On the Water Emergency Safety Seminar."

US Coast Guard Chief William C. Carl salutes the ceremonial wreath at sea during the Spirit of '45 Taps Across America event at Lowdermilk Park in Naples, Florida on August 14, 2016.

Most recreational boaters have never had to confront an “On the Water Emergency” and therefore may not know what to do when one occurs. Certified USCGAux Instructors will provide information on:

  • What constitutes an “On the Water Emergency”
  • What kind of life jacket to have on board and how to use it
  • How to operate a Marine VHF radio; Digital Select Calling (DSC)
  • Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
  • How to use a fire extinguisher to put out an on-board fire.

Instructors will also demonstrate the different types of Visual Distress Signals (flares) usually found aboard recreational vessels and how to use them effectively.

U.S. Coast Guard vessel

In addition to the seminar, there will be a hands-on display of all required and recommended safety equipment, as well as detailed literature regarding all the subjects covered. Of course, there will be plenty of handouts and coloring books for the young “boaters-to-be.”

Questions are welcome throughout the program as well as afterwards, and attendees will be given the opportunity to learn about upcoming beginner and advanced boating classes, sign up for a complimentary vessel safety examination and find out how to join the USCGAux.

NSBW is a nation-wide campaign to promote boating safety awareness. Over 500 on-the-water fatalities occur annually, and most are caused by drowning from not wearing a life jacket. In fact, 87 percent of drowning victims were reported to have been able to swim.

By supporting and participating in NSBW, the USCGAux is attempting to reduce those tragic statistics by educating the recreational boating public, as part of a continuing effort to promote boating safety through public outreach, education and vessel safety examinations.

The seminar is open to the public, boaters and non-boaters alike. Know what to do and how to use your safety equipment before the unexpected happens.

IF YOU GO

“On the Water Emergency Safety Seminar”

When: May 20, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Where: Marco Island Historical Society, Rose Auditorium, 180 S. Heathwood Drive

Information: Contact USCGAux Flotilla 95 at 239-394-5911 or www.USCGAuxMarco.org