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WASHINGTON- Prescription medications can bring on to boaters on the water far from emergency personnel. “The exposes people to heat or cold, motion, wind, noise and other factors that can cause fatigue in anyone,” says Richard C. Lavy, M.D. The physical condition of everyone on board should be assessed before leaving the dock. Lack of shade and over exposure to the sun and heat along with ever changing can bring on , dizziness and . or confusion will impair the ability to operate a boat safely much like too much alcohol.

Recognize the signs of medical distress and know how to call for help. Depending on geographic area, use channel 16 or call 911. Know before you go.

Remember this acronym – BOAT SAFE – it stands for -

-  Bring plenty to eat and drink – avoid dehydration

-  Operate the boat in a safe and responsible manner

-  Always wear a

-  Take a

-   Sun, wind and temperatures can be more of a factor than boaters think

-  Annual courtesy vessel safe check

-  File a float plan – leave it with someone who will take action if overdue

-  Evaluate the readiness of operating crew and passengers – it is ok to not get underway when there is doubt

For more information go to www.uscgboating.org or for a contact the Coast Guard Auxiliary at www.cgaux.org.


Date: Jul 19, 2012

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs

Contact: Diane Riggan

Office: (530) 289-6397

Mobile: (772) 631-3562

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary created by an Act of Congress in 1939 is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard supporting the Coast Guard in nearly all its missions. Coast Guard men and women live and work in the communities they serve and understand the unique needs of those communities.

For more information on the Coast Guard Auxiliary, please visit cgaux.org

Press Release

Coast Guard Auxiliary Logo U. S.
Drum Point Flotilla
Prince Frederick, MD

Date and Time of Release: May 1, 2010, 0800 EDST

Contact Person: R.T. West, Flotilla Staff Officer for

Contact Telephone: 410-535-2035

Contact: Use Email link on website http://www.drumpoint.org

Link to Flyer

Maryland Class

Get Ready for this Summer’s

Prince Frederick, MD – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Drum Point Flotilla is offering the Maryland . Prospective boaters born after July 1, 1972 are required to have a Certificate of in their possession when operating a vessel on Maryland waters. This includes a .

Successful completion of the class earns the student his or her Maryland Certificate. You must be present during all of the class sessions and successfully pass a multiple-choice final examination.

Pre-registration is requested; however we will take walk-ins if classroom space permits.

Where: County Plaza, 150 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD. Across the street from Lusby Motor Company and Hardware. First floor, south entrance. Uniformed staff will be present  to show you the way.

What: Five two hour class sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays.

When: 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.   May 14, 15, 21, 22 and 28, 2012.

Test: Test given during the May 28 session.

Cost:  There is a $20 (twenty dollar) cost per student.


The Drum Point Flotilla reminds you to, “Remember the Maryland 25! Those who died in 2011 boating accidents. Twenty four of whom were not wearing life jackets. Wear it Maryland!


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Press Release


Drum Point Flotilla

Prince Frederick, MD

Date and Time of Release: 2012-01-24   19:00

Contact Person: R.T. West

Contact Telephone:  410-535-2035

Contact via: Website Form

Class Flyer: PDF Format

and Class

(Prince Frederick, MD) The Coast Guard Auxiliary Drum Point Flotilla, Calvert County’s , have scheduled their annual Boating Skills and Seamanship class. Get ready for the upcoming and take a class with the Drum Point Flotilla.

The classes are held at the Calvert Services Plaza, 150 Main Street, Room 102, Prince Frederick, MD across from the and the Lusby Motor Company.

This course of instruction is the Auxiliary’s most comprehensive.   There are nine two-hour sessions beginning March 5, 2012 held on Monday and Tuesday nights from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

A final test is given during the last class session which is scheduled for April 2, 2012.

The cost for material;s is thirty dollars ($30.00) per student.

Pre-registration is requested. Walk-in students are accepted on a space-available basis.

To pre-register or ask for further information you may call R.T. West, FSO-PE at 410-535-2035 or use the contact instructor website link above at our website DrumPoint.org.

The Drum Point Flotilla reminds every Maryland resident that if you are born after July 1, 1972 this course satisfies the requirements for operating a vessel on Maryland Waters and a Maryland DNR Certificate of Boating Safety Education will be issued upon satisfactory completion.


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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!
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Lifejackets are comfortable and they save lives!

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“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?”

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