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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Department of
Homeland Security

District 5SR
Division 23 Flotilla 23-6
Calvert County's
Volunteer Lifesavers

Donald M. Haskin, Flotilla Commander

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Boating Safety Tip of the Day
Tip of the Day: No Radio Checks on Channel 16

Do NOT ask for radio checks on Channel 16. Channel 16 is for hailing and distress radio messages only. Perform a radio check by directing a call to a station you can hear on another non-commercial radio channel.

Drum Point Flotilla 23-6 CG District 5SR

Prince Frederick, Maryland

Remember the 25!

In 2012 the emphasis of @CGAUXDrumPoint activity will be to Remember the 25, the twenty five persons that died in Maryland boating accidents in 2011.  Please tweet with us.

Twitter About

The Drum Point Flotilla posts to Twitter as @CGAUXDrumPoint. Each time a new article posts to our blog an announcement is made automatically by Twitter.  Facebook updates from our Drum Point Flotilla Fan Page are also automatically posted to Twitter. Our Twitter sysops follow other Coast Guard related Twitter users as well as maritime, SAR, commercial, and community related Twitter users.

Our focus is on , but our thirst for knowledge goes beyond . We also follow other Auxiliary flotillas and other organizations interested in promoting boating safety. We even follow some international and rescue organizations since we all share a common fraternal bond through the service we provide.

We refer you to our Link Policy regarding linking to other than Coast Guard sites using Twitter.  When we do follow a Twitter’er it does not mean that the Coast Guard or the Coast Guard Auxiliary support and/or endorse a particular person, organization, or product. It means that by following this user our members and potentially the boating public may gain some valuable boating related  information or knowledge. Likewise when we RT re-tweet that does not necessarily reflect an endorsement.

Why do we follow commercial Twitter users? and other Southern Maryland businesses can help us get the boating- out to everyone. The Coast Guard Auxiliary even has a memorandums of understanding with some major . We think sharing our posts with them helps move the boating-safety message.  Twitter is a medium where your success or return on investment is in part measured by the relationships you create within your area of responsibility. All of us are individually responsible for boating safety. Establish relationships with our neighbors helps us help them get the right message out.

Some local media outlets follow our Tweets and we appreciate that!  The media knows what we are up to and can learn more about the Coast Guard and the Auxiliary serving Southern Maryland. Media representatives can contact our Public Affairs Officer under the Contact tab above.

We also follow other safety-related organizations because there message is important and sometimes applicable to boaters and paddlers.  RT of their tweets is for your personal information and does not necessarily reflect the position of the United States Coast Guard.

Our boating safety partners at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are very active on Twitter as @AccessDNR.  We may send you an RT of their tweets from time to time.

Our Twitter page is located at http://www.twitter.com/CGAUXDrumPoint.  The last several tweets are also published here at the blog under the Twitter tab.

We encourage anyone with an interest in boating safety to follow us and read our tweets. By all means please re-Tweet! We created the hashtag #smboat to mark boating safety and other information of particular interest to boaters in Southern Maryland. Consider adding #smboat to your Discover Searches in your Twitter client.

We do not follow Twitter users that post profane, off color, or indecent language. We report and block spammers.  We take aggressive steps to block and report such users to Twitter @spam.

Auxiliarists are not involved in politics while in uniform and while tweeting we consider ourselves to be in uniform. We appreciate that political groups and law makers follow us because the information we provide on boating safety and education may help you at some time in the future professionally or personally.  We advocate the Coast Guard‘s position and not a political position or candidate.  A re-tweet of a politician’s stand-up-paddling trip may get our attention particularly if we don’t see a life jacket on board. We campaign for nothing except boating safety.

All of this said, the person behind the tweets is a human using home and mobile computing technologies. Mistakes may occur, software may have glitches. All errors are corrected as fast as humanly possible.   Should you see a tweet that causes you concern, use a DIRECT PRIVATE MESSAGE to ask us about the tweet. The worst possible thing you can do is magnify a mistake by re-tweeting it.  It would like yelling at the top of your voice on channel 16 at someone with an open mic.  They are not going to hear you and you make the situation far worse. You wouldn’t do it right? Use the contact tab on our website to send us an email if you would rather do that instead of sending a direct message.

We hope you enjoy our Tweets!

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Vessel Safety Check

2012 Vessel Safety Check Decal

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Remember the Maryland 25
Dead Maryland Boaters in 2011

Three Maryland boating deaths in 2012. Three sailboat emergencies, 1 death; 1 swimmer death; 1 allision death with two trauma injuries; 1 major injury from gasoline engine fire,

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  • A foggy day in Southern Maryland. Good morning shipmates.
  • Wear it!  News media ask the boaters you photograph why they don't. Start the discussion and save a life.
  • Our cold-water survival training was ultimately made possible by the Guardians of  U S Coast Guard Station Annapolis.  Two Guardians hauled each of us onto the deck of a fast boat.  During the training they made sure we were safe.  I am so proud to serve with these men and women. Each one is an outstanding professional.  Thank you Station Annapolis.
  • Once a crew is in the water survival and staying together is key. Chaining together as they do here the crew shares warmth and prolongs life.
  • A face that could be your next door neighbor. Coast Guard Auxiliary members from three Maryland flotillas took their annual cold-water training at Coast Guard Station Annapolis. Bill Smith from the Drum Point Flotilla reflects the serious of his training in his expression. Bill is not new to cold water.
  • To. feller and Bill Smith, Coast Guard Auxiliary, arrive at Coast Guard Station Annapolis for cold-water training.
  • A two-minute lesson that covered finger dexterity after cold water immersion. We placed a hand in cold water while the instructor spoke for two minutes. One we removed our hands we had to pick up the coin on the table. Not as easy as if looks. Try this only with an expert present.
  • Shawn Moore, Auxiliarist was our cold-water instructor.
  • Ray Feller, Auxiliarist  dons his dry suit. The suit provides significant protection in cold water. Having the suit alone is not enough. Knowing how the human body reacts to sudden immersion was the classroom session of our training today.
  • These volunteers attending cold-water survival training today could be your neighbors. Flotillas from Solomons Island to Annapolis were represented today.  Guardians made sure our training was safe. Another reason why I love to say Guardians rock!
Comfortable Lifejackets
Lifejackets are comfortable and they save lives!

Lifejackets are comfortable and they save lives!

Admiral Lee on Bow Riding

Rear Admiral William "Dean" Lee

“You wouldn’t allow your kids to sit on the hood of your car, so why would you allow them to sit on the bow of your boat?”

Rear Admiral Dean Lee, 5th District commander, United States Coast Guard

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