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Contact:  Jay Culotta
Public Affairs Officer – Northlake Flotilla 4-2
985-845-9366
jay@jay-culotta.com

March 6, 2012

News Release

About Boating Safely Course – March 17th in Madisonville

Madisonville, LA — The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s state-approved About Boating Safely course will be taught Saturday, March 17 at the Madisonville Town Hall from 8 a.m. until about 4:30 p.m. The Town Hall is next door to Morton’s Seafood Restaurant on Water Street in Madisonville.

Louisiana law states: “No person born after January 1, 1984, shall operate a motorboat powered by a motor in excess of ten horsepower, unless he has successfully completed a boating safety class approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. A person who has completed an approved boating safety class shall be in possession of evidence of such completion when operating such a boat.” This law also applies to operators of personal water craft (PWCs), however, no person under the age of 16 may operate a PWC at any time.

“The Coast Guard Auxiliary’s course is valid for all jurisdictions,” explained Jay Culotta, public affairs officer, Northlake Flotilla. “Those who complete the course receive a certificate, as well as a wallet card to be carried by those subject to the age requirement. Without such proof, an operator is subject to large fines and possible termination of the voyage and seizure of the vessel.”

Students will learn about the different types of boats and personal water craft, safety equipment the Coast Guard requires to be aboard a vessel while underway, the rules of the road such as which boat has the right-of-way under varying operating conditions, how to dock a boat, trailering and towing, what the various aids to navigation are and how to read a marine chart.

The cost is $25.00, online or by telephone, before March 17, and at the door, $30.00. Discounts are available for multiple family members who share materials. The fee includes the About Boating Safely course book, a CD of the course for later review and other valuable material explaining federal rules.

Register online at http://uscgaux-northlake.com/boating-safety-2/boating-safety or call 985-845-9366 and leave your contact information if you receive the voice mail message. Other times and dates are available at http://uscgaux-northlake.com/2012-calendar.

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Contact:  Jay Culotta
Public Affairs Officer – Northlake Flotilla 4-2
985-845-9366
jay@jay-culotta.com

February 4, 2012

News Release

About Boating Safely Course – February 11th in Covington

Covington, LA — The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s state-approved About Boating Safely course will be taught Saturday, February 11 at Northlake Flotilla’s office located upstairs at the Tammany Home Center, 2101 N. Hwy. 190, Suite 200, Covington, LA, from 8 a.m. until about 4:30 p.m.

Louisiana law states: “No person born after January 1, 1984, shall operate a motorboat powered by a motor in excess of ten horsepower, unless he has successfully completed a boating safety class approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. A person who has completed an approved boating safety class shall be in possession of evidence of such completion when operating such a boat.” This law also applies to operators of personal water craft (PWCs), however, no person under the age of 16 may operate a PWC at any time.

“The Coast Guard Auxiliary’s course is valid for all jurisdictions,” explained Jay Culotta, public affairs officer, Northlake Flotilla. “Those who complete the course receive a certificate, as well as a wallet card to be carried by those subject to the age requirement. Without such proof, an operator is subject to large fines and possible termination of the voyage and seizure of the vessel.”

Students will learn about the different types of boats and personal water craft, safety equipment the Coast Guard requires to be aboard a vessel while underway, the rules of the road such as which boat has the right-of-way under varying operating conditions, how to dock a boat, trailering and towing, what the various aids to navigation are and how to read a marine chart.

The cost is $25.00, online or by telephone, before February 11, and at the door, $30.00. Discounts are available for multiple family members who share materials. The fee includes the About Boating Safely course book, a CD of the course for later review and other valuable material explaining federal rules.

Register online at http://uscgaux-northlake.com/boating-safety-2/boating-safety or call 985-845-9266 and leave your contact information if you receive the voice mail message. Other times and dates are available at http://uscgaux-northlake.com/2012-calendar.

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Contact:  Jay Culotta

    Public Affairs Officer – Flotilla 42, District 8CR

985-845-9366

jay@jay-culotta.com
http://uscgaux-northlake.com

September 12, 2011

 NEWS RELEASE

Take a Boating Safety Class – Don’t Become a Statistic

By Jay Culotta
Flotilla 42, District 8CR USCG AUX

Covington – Instructors from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 42 (Northlake) will conduct an “About Boating Safely” course from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Flotilla office on Saturday, October 8, 2011. The cost is $30.00 at the door or $25.00 if registered before the class date. Additional family members may each attend for as little as $10.00 extra if they share a book. The office is located in Covington at 2101 N. Hwy 190, Suite 200, in the same building as Tammany Supply Center.

Louisiana law states: “No person born after January 1, 1984, shall operate a motorboat powered by a motor in excess of ten horsepower unless he has successfully completed a boating safety class approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).  A person who has completed an approved boating safety class shall be in possession of evidence of such completion when operating such a boat.”

This law also applies to operators of PWCs or Personal Water Craft (otherwise known as jet-skis). However, no person under the age of 16 may operate a PWC at any time.

This boating safety class will give operators the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states, including Louisiana. In addition, many boat insurance companies will offer discounts (up to 20%) on boating insurance to those who successfully complete this course. A test is given after the course and a passing score gives you immediate evidence that you took the course.

Among the many topics covered are how to know where you should be in relation to other vessels and which vessel has the right of way; how to read buoys and understand many navigation rules; proper use of navigation lights and anchors; how to safely fuel, load and unload your vessel; what to do in an emergency and how to summon help; proper use of fire extinguishers and flares; and many other skills needed by boaters on the waterways.

 

Remember, there are no dotted lines on the water!  No matter your age or time on the water, if you have never had a boating safety class, we highly recommend this course and guarantee you will learn something new and useful.

Further details and registration are at http://uscgaux-northlake.com/boating-safety-2/boating-safety. Since class space is limited, pre-registration is highly encouraged. If you pre-register and are unable to attend the class, you will be able to attend another date in 2011 or 2012 without penalty.

See our calendar for other dates and locations in 2011 at http://uscgaux-northlake.com/2011-calendar.

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On August 4th we celebrate the 221st birthday of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Our Service started as a vision of Alexander Hamilton who wrote, “a few armed vessels, judiciously stationed at the entrances of our ports, might at a small expense be made useful sentinels of the laws.” In 1790, President George Washington brought Hamilton’s vision to life when he signed an act of the First Congress creating the Revenue Cutter Service.

Through our pride, professionalism and heroism we have carried Hamilton’s design forward, all the while taking on increased responsibilities. We have broad authorities that allow us to serve the United States in ways that no other agency can do: we protect those on the sea, we protect America from threats delivered by sea, and we protect the sea itself.

Every day I am sustained by the enthusiasm, excitement and pride of being a member of our Service. For 221 years we have worked together to overcome challenges that often seem insurmountable. Sometimes the challenge is to return from a mission safely. Other times, it is to rescue and return survivors back to safety. The tenth anniversary of 9/11 next month is one of many reminders of why we must remain vigilant and stand a taut watch to ensure the safety, security and stewardship of our Nation and its waters.

As we celebrate Coast Guard Day I encourage the entire Coast Guard Family – active, reserve, civilian, retired, auxiliary and contractors – to take a moment and honor those who served before us to make the U.S. Coast Guard the premier maritime service it is today.

We are Coast Guardsmen. We work as a crew. We serve as a family.

This is our way. This is who we are. This is what we do.

Happy Birthday-Semper Paratus,

Admiral Bob Papp

Watch this short video to find out the common objections for not wearing life jackets and SOLUTIONS to solve the objections.

 

U.S.C.G. Auxiliary In “Sink Or Swim, Inflate Your Life” from Circle Of Six on Vimeo.

This story is from KATC.com in Lafayette.

http://www.katc.com/news/ldwf-recovers-body-of-missing-boater-from-the-mississippi-river/

Please note ” Both bodies were recovered without wearing a personal flotation device.”

Here is a similar story from TheAdvertiser.com.

http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20110725/NEWS01/110725017/2nd-man-s-body-found-Mississippi-River-?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET and TAKE A BOATING SAFETY COURSE!

Boating Safety Course

This link is from nola.com.

http://www.nola.com/traffic/index.ssf/2011/07/boat_collisions_increasing_as.html

Two things – WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET and TAKE A BOATING SAFETY COURSE!

Boating Safety Course

 

 

As I mentioned in my last post, I have mixed emotions about commenting on this story because it could be perceived that I am “piling on” or being critical.

I AM NOT! I am trying to help people realize that Boating is SERIOUS business and EDUCATION is the key to SAFE BOATING!

Here is the latest from WWL TV on the accident.

http://www.wwltv.com/news/northshore/Girl-in-boating-accident-died-from-striking-her-head-125912413.html

http://www.wwltv.com/news/northshore/2nd-deadly-boat-crash-in-weeks-raises-conerns-over-blind-turns-125919974.html

The young man featured in the video (second link), Adam Gettys,  was the first on the scene and brought back the survivors from the smaller boat that contained Samantha, her sister and her two cousins and uncle. Other relatives of mine were involved in the search for Samantha’s body and helping her family.

PLEASE take a Boating Safety Course, either from our Flotilla in the Mandeville, Covington, Madisonville area, or from someone in your local area.

Here are links, to our class

About Boating Safely Class

and to a locator for a class in your area.

http://dev02.cgaux.org/generic/classes.php?flo=081

We also do FREE Vessel Safety Checks, which might have prevented this tragedy because we not only make sure your boat is safe and that you have the required equipment, we help you understand WHY these items are required and how to use them in an emergency.

FREE Vessel Safety Checks

It is with a heavy heart and mixed emotions that I post this story because families from my church are involved in this tragedy. But this should have never happened with proper boating safety education and if everyone had been wearing LIFE JACKETS!

Girl missing after boating accident near Shell Beach

Please know that the law requires everyone 16 and under to be WEARING their life jacket while the vessel is underway, but they should be wearing them at ALL times.

Statistics prove that about 80% of all drownings occur because the victim was NOT wearing a Life Jacket! They are called LIFE Jackets for a reason – they save your LIFE!

Please take a boating safety course and become part of the 5% people who NEVER have a boating accident!

About Boating Safely!

Contact:  Jay Culotta
Public Affairs Officer – Northlake Flotilla 42
985-845-9366
jay@jay-culotta.com

http://uscgaux-northlake.com

July 9, 2011

News Release

Propeller Strikes May Prove Deadly

WASHINGTON – Each year boat propellers are a leading cause of boating accidents. In many cases, the victims were in the water and near the stern of the vessel.

Passengers moving around a boat or improperly seated may fall overboard when the vessel is moving too fast for prevailing conditions. People can be ejected from a boat for a variety of reasons including, a collision with another boat, hitting a submerged object, rogue waves, and sudden acceleration/deceleration in speed

Contributing factors to propeller strikes accidents are operator inexperience, incompetence, negligence, and operating under the influence of alcohol or other substances. Bow and transom riding are also inherently dangerous.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary suggests turning the engine off and keeping the boat tied to the dock while passengers are boarding or disembarking. The vessel operator should alert passengers prior to speed change or when large waves are imminent. While a boat is underway everyone should be seated and wearing a Coast Guard approved life jacket.

Steps to take for a Man Overboard situation
1. A person seeing someone fall overboard should shout “Man Overboard Port or Starboard side (left or right will do)”
2. Throw a life ring, life jacket or other floatable device to the person.
3. Turn the boat toward the side the person fell overboard.
4. Circle around keeping the individual in sight.
5. Slow down. Turn the engine off at least a boat length away to avoid propeller strike
6. Bring the person aboard and render first aid as needed, checking for additional injuries.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer Component of the United States Coast Guard created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service’s missions.

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