U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary hosts boat crew training seminars

Event organizer Dick Stevenson, left, and principal instructor Don Gerhart (in doorway) are shown with Bud Trainor considering questions from the floor. COURTESY JOHN BALLANTYNE
July 17, 2014

After a long, freezing winter of scarce boating in this area, the Coast Guard Auxiliary conducted two-day-long refresher courses for trainees, crewmen and coxswains (captains). The first class took place June 6 at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control facility at North Shore Marina, Indian River Inlet. The following week, the course was held in the Coast Guard station at Roosevelt Inlet on the north end of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal.

Attending were auxiliarists from all around the Fifth Northern Region plus instructors from the active Coast Guard Station Indian River. More than 40 Coast Guard Auxiliary members and active-duty personnel actively participated throughout the two courses.

Many topics were covered in the morning classroom and afternoon on-the-water sessions including search and rescue patterns, knots and splices, communication (radio) procedures and techniques, operation of de-watering pumps, crew coordination, risk management assessment (GAR Model), boat handling, anchoring, Standardized Aux Boat Operation, and more.

The overarching mission of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is to contribute to the safety and security of U.S. citizens, ports, waterways and coastal regions. The Auxiliary balances its missions of recreational boating safety and Coast Guard support with maritime homeland security and other challenges that emerge as a result of the growing understanding of changes required in the post-9/11 era.

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