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5th District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
Media Advisory

Date: May 19, 2011

Contact: Public Affairs Det. Baltimore

(410) 576-2541

WHO: Coast Guard Auxiliary, Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Natural Resources Police and U.S. Power Squadrons.
WHAT: Free to the public kick off.
WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 2011, noon to 4 p.m.
WHERE: The Annapolis City Dock in Annapolis, Md.

BALTIMORE - The Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Coast Guard, Maryland Natural Resources Police and the U.S. Power Squadrons are scheduled to sponsor a National Safe Boating Week kickoff event at the Annapolis City Dock in Annapolis, Md., Saturday.

Beginning at 8 a.m., boaters can receive a free vessel safety examination from auxiliarists who check for compliance with all federal and state regulations. Vessel exams will be available at the following locations: Sarles Boatyard and Marina, Bert Jabin Yacht Yard, Eastport Yacht Center, , Butler Marina, , Harbor Marina, Annapolis Landing Marina and Port Annapolis Marina.

Additionally, examiners will suggest ways to bring a boat into compliance, but do not report any violations found during the check. The examiners can provide safe boating advice and literature. Boats can be inspected on trailers and in the water. Boater’s can also schedule vessel examinations and boater safety classes for future times at their dock.

In addition to safety inspections, the event will also feature:

* Guest speakers Coast Guard Cmdr. Brian Roche, the deputy commander of Sector Baltimore, Col. George Johnson, IV, the superintendent of Maryland Natural Resources Police, Bernard Karpers, Jr., the 5th District commander for U.S. Power Squadrons and John Sill, the captain of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Sector Baltimore will speak about boating safety beginning at 3 p.m.

* The Shearwater, an 87-foot patrol boat, will be at the Annapolis City Dock and offer free tours from 1 p.m., until 3 p.m.

* A performance by the Coast Guard’s silent drill team at 1 p.m.

* A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium search and rescue boat from Coast Guard 

* A flare demonstration and inflatable life jacket demonstration beginning at 2 p.m.

* The Coast Guard Auxiliary will have a life jacket display and safe boating classes will be available or can be scheduled.

Most activities will end at 4 p.m. This event is free to the public.

The Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteers who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement. These men and women can be found on the nation’s waterways, in the air, in classrooms and on the dock, performing , vessel safety checks and public education.

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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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