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We are Semper Paratus.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Department of
Homeland Security

District 5SR
Division 23 Flotilla 23-6
THE DRUM POINT FLOTILLA
Calvert County's
Volunteer Lifesavers

Donald M. Haskin, Flotilla Commander

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Waterway Watch

Waterway Watch

Boating Safety Tip of the Day
Tip of the Day: Watch Your Wake!

You are responsible for your vessel’s wake. Even traveling at slow speeds some vessels can leave a large wake that erodes shore lines, severely rocks nearby moored vessels, or swamps personal watercraft like canoes and kayaks.  Watch yours.


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Buoy Data from Buoys in and around our AOR

NOAA National Data Buoy Center Buoy data as well as marine weather forecasts and SAR data. Use your weather radio on board your vessel for the latest reports. These RSS feeds can also be used on smart phones inside free RSS readers. Internet access is all you need. However you get the data, use it to evaluate whether you should or should not venture out on the water.

Don’t forget to check the tides for the duration of the trip.  Does any part of your voyage depend upon knowing your draft and the tide? Or your mast height and a bridge clearance?

COVM2  Cove Point

  • Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:07:43 +0000: Station COVM2 - 8577018 - Cove Point LNG Pier, MD - NDBC - Station COVM2 - 8577018 - Cove Point LNG Pier, MD Observations
    April 24, 2014 8:48 am EDT
    Location: 38.402N 76.385W
    Wind Direction: N (350°)
    Wind Speed: 19.0 knots
    Wind Gust: 22.0 knots
    Atmospheric Pressure: 30.10 in (1019.2 mb)
    Air Temperature: 47.1°F (8.4°C)

 

Station CAMM2 – 8571892 – Cambridge, MD

  • Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:07:43 +0000: Station CAMM2 - 8571892 - Cambridge, MD - NDBC - Station CAMM2 - 8571892 - Cambridge, MD Observations
    April 24, 2014 8:48 am EDT
    Location: 38.574N 76.069W
    Wind Direction: WNW (300°)
    Wind Speed: 14.0 knots
    Wind Gust: 18.1 knots
    Atmospheric Pressure: 30.08 in (1018.6 mb)
    Air Temperature: 48.0°F (8.9°C)
    Water Temperature: 55.8°F (13.2°C)

 

Gooses Reef, MD Station 44062

  • Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:18:09 +0000: Station 44062 - Gooses Reef, MD - NDBC - Station 44062 - Gooses Reef, MD Observations
    April 24, 2014 9:00 am EDT
    Location: 38.556N 76.415W
    Wind Direction: N (360°)
    Wind Speed: 17.5 knots
    Wind Gust: 23.3 knots
    Significant Wave Height: 2.0 ft
    Dominant Wave Period: 3 sec
    Air Temperature: 47.8°F (8.8°C)
    Water Temperature: 52.2°F (11.2°C)

 

Station SLIM2 – 8577330 – Solomons Island, MD

  • Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:07:43 +0000: Station SLIM2 - 8577330 - Solomons Island, MD - NDBC - Station SLIM2 - 8577330 - Solomons Island, MD Observations
    April 24, 2014 8:48 am EDT
    Location: 38.321N 76.452W
    Water Temperature: 54.5°F (12.5°C)

 

Station TPLM2 – Thomas Point, MD

  • Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:07:43 +0000: Station TPLM2 - Thomas Point, MD - NDBC - Station TPLM2 - Thomas Point, MD Observations
    April 24, 2014 9:00 am EDT
    Location: 38.899N 76.436W
    Wind Direction: NNW (330°)
    Wind Speed: 13.0 knots
    Wind Gust: 18.1 knots
    Atmospheric Pressure: 30.12 in (1020.0 mb)
    Pressure Tendency: +0.07 in (+2.4 mb)
    Air Temperature: 46.9°F (8.3°C)
    Dew Point: 30.6°F (-0.8°C)
    Water Temperature: 52.7°F (11.5°C)
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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!
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