Safety events planned to mark Safe Boating Week

Safe Boating Week on Kaua‘i has been proclaimed by Mayor Bryan Baptiste to be May 19 to May 25.

Are you practicing safe boating? Does your boat have all the required and recommended equipment on board for a safe and comfortable day on the ocean?

Don’t know? Not sure? Call for a free vessel safety check by a member of Kauai’s Coast Guard Auxiliary.

No citations are issued, states the head of Kaua‘i Coast Guard Auxiliary, Jim Jung.

No violations are reported. And you’ll be issued a decal if your boat passes inspection.

For more information, call Jung at 822-0448.

Is your boat ready for sea?  Do you know how to handle emergencies at sea? Find out by attending America’s Boating Course presented by Kauai’s Coast Guard Auxiliary at the Kaua‘i Veteran’s Center (Kapule Highway) from 8 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of each month.

America’s Boating Course is a unique study program covering the fundamentals of boating. The course is designed for skippers and crew of all types of watercraft. The course material covers seven chapters, which touch on:

•general information about boats and maintenance

•information to make your boating experience safer and more comfortable

•tips on being a more courteous boat operator, and

•laws and regulations to which you must adhere.

The course materials include both an 80-page, full color manual and interactive “courseware” (material cost of $35). The manual is your textbook, and the “courseware” is your virtual instructor. Both cover the same topics but each in its own way.

The manual includes extensive diagrams, graphics and boating tips. The courseware is narrated and interactive, making use of animation, video, and sound. Both manual and courseware provide review questions to verify understanding of the material.

The dates of the course are: May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.

There is no cost, except the optional material purchase. The manual and CD for home study will be available for $35.

This is an opportunity to learn about safe boating, knot tying, Rules of the Road, sound signals, emergency radio calling and more.

Contact Jim Jung at 822-0448 to register.             

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