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Boating Safety Tip of the Day
Tip of the Day: Is your boat plug installed?

You removed your boat plug in the winter after hauling your boat from the water, but have you remembered to reinstall it? Every year, some recreational boaters launch and then watch their boats sink  because they forgot to reinstall the boat plug. Don’t let it happen to you.

I have seen a number of Google searches for the CGAUX WOW WordPress theme that directed searchers here to DrumPoint.org. This is the home of the CGAUX WOW theme. A similar version is now in use at flotilla85.com.

If you are the CS officer for an Auxiliary flotilla or other Auxiliary site webmaster and you would like a version of the theme, one can be created for you at no cost. The theme is not available for use on private sites. It was designed, based on the CS guidelines at the time, to come close to matching the look and feel of the WOW templates and WOW sites in use by the offical sites of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Please send your request to the webmaster via the Contact Tab above or email fso-cs at drumpoint.org. Your name and email address will be compared to the Auxiliary officer data before a copy of the theme is sent.

in your request please indicate your district, division, and flotilla as well as your flotilla name. This information appears in the header. If there is a specific header image that you would like used that should also be sent with your request. An image will be selected for you if no image is provided. You can then change the image yourself at a later time. The current theme is three columns wide.

Once you obtain the theme there are things you need to do to “wake it up.” (There is work to do.) In order to use the new side menu functionality you must create a side menu at your WordPress site and activate it. You must also choose your plugins. District 54 PA and CS officers may request access to the District 54 PA Site where some helpful WordPress information is available. Should the number of requests warrant a private forum may be used to provide support.

Doug Smith
FSO-CS
Drum Point Flotilla

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  • 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!
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