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


Date and Time of Release: June 20, 2012 1600 Hrs

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

Contact & Registration Telephone: 410-535-2035

Contact Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.drumpoint.org

Maryland Boating

Prince Frederick, MD – Get ready for the Summer boating season with a Maryland presented by the Drum Point Flotilla, ’s Volunteer . Instructors of the Drum Point Flotilla teach five, two-hour session on Mondays and Tuesday from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Five two-hour sessions start on Monday July 9, 2012. Additional class dates are the 10th, 16th, 17th, and 23rd of July. A final examination is given during the last class session of July 23rd.

The cost is $20 twenty-dollars per student.

Pre-registration is requested, but walk-ins are taken if space permits.

The classes are held at this location:

County Services Plaza

150 Main Street

Prince Frederick, MD

Across the street from Lusby Motors Hardware in downtown Prince Frederick.

born after July 1, 1972:

This course satisfies the requirements for operating a vessel on and a Maryland Department of Natural Resources Certificate of Boating Safety Education is issued upon satisfactory completion.

For questions and pre-registration call R.T. West at 410-535-2035 or go to our website http://www.drumpoint.org.

 

 

The Drum Point Flotilla

’s Volunteer Lifesavers

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Press Release

Coast Guard Auxiliary Logo U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
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

Get Ready for this Summer’s

Prince Frederick, MD – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Drum Point Flotilla is offering the Maryland Class. Prospective boaters born after July 1, 1972 are required to have a Certificate of Boating Safety Education 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!

 

The Drum Point Flotilla

’s Volunteer Lifesavers

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Press Release

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

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

Boating Skills 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 resident that if you are born after July 1, 1972 this course satisfies the requirements for operating a vessel on and a Maryland Certificate of will be issued upon satisfactory completion.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

The Drum Point Flotilla

Southern Maryland’s Volunteer Lifesavers

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U.S. Public Affairs
Date: October 13, 2011
Contact: Penny Bailey
Public Affairs
Phone:: 417-425-6155
[email protected]
News Release
Washington – boaters need protection from , both on deck and in the event of falling overboard. Cold water shortens in-water survival time, making a quick rescue essential. Fortunately, you have options whether you hunt, fish, or cruise on cold water. Choose the right gear to increase your chances of surviving a cold-weather mishap.

1. Flotation Coat
Flotation coats provide warmth and double as a should the wearer fall in the water. Float coats are recommended for boaters who boat year-round in locales with moderate air temperatures and cold water. If you boat in extremely cold temperatures, a flotation coat will not protect you from hypothermia if you fall into the water.

2. Immersion or Survival Suit
boating calls for hardy gear. Survival suits protect you from the elements, and provide flotation and hypothermia protection if you enter the water. Wearing a survival suit can increase survival time in cold water.

3.
Dry suits can be instantly drawn tight to prevent water from entering, Appropriate thermal layers worn beneath the dry suit provide insulation and they are not buoyant. Dry suits are suitable for intentional entry into the water, but provide no passive protection if you fall in.

5. Personal Position Locator Beacon
Otherwise known as a PLB, a personal position locator beacon is a scaled down version of the Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). When immersed in water or manually activated both EPIRBs and PLBs transmit a signal that allows rescuers to pinpoint your location.

6. Personal Emergency Locator Light
An emergency light worn and activated if a person is in the water can attract the attention of rescuers, providing a much more visible target than your head in the water. The bright, flashing light increases the chances of being spotted by rescuers or a passing boater.

7. Flares
Store hand held and/or parachute flares in immersion suit pockets, secured with a lanyard. Study their instructions before you need them.

8. Whistle
Attracting attention will increase your chances of surviving in the water. Whistles are a cheap and simple way to make noise without exhausting yourself. Rescuers are trained to turn off the boat engines and listen for a period of time while they are on search and rescue missions, or a nearby boater may hear the signal. Conventional whistles don’t work if the “pea” inside is wet, so choose a waterproof model.

Common sense can also increase your chances of survival in cold weather. Dress in layers to provide maximum protection and warmth. Technical fibers provide thermal protection and won’t absorb water. Include a hat to protect your head from heat loss. Wear gloves.

Don’t be tempted to skip proper cold weather clothing and gear. Be sure to wear a life jacket and hypothermia protection when boating in the cold.

The is the uniformed volunteer component of the created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary, America’s , supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service’s missions. For more information about the Coast Guard Auxiliary visit http://www.cgaux.org

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U.S. Public Affairs

Date: July 26, 2011
Contact: Phil Bailey
Phone:417-271-9116
[email protected]

News Release

WASHINGTON- The Coast Guard Auxiliary suggests you have your dock inspected periodically for bad wires and loose grounds. The same goes for your boat. Any time a person swims around a dock or boat where there is , electrical shock could occur. A boat plugged into shore power with a short on board is dangerous and the owner may not be aware of it. AC current may enter the bonding system if an AC ground becomes disconnected then can enter the water by way of a bonded thru hull fitting. The boat dock can also develop a short and create a potential life threatening hazard. Some drowning were discovered to be from electrical shock.

into salt water from a boat is not as dangerous as discharge into fresh water. The reason being, salt water is a better conductor and will allow the current to flow to the bottom or some other grounded metal around the dock or to the neighbors boat while fresh water being less conductive will form an electrified field around the boat. Many marinas have stopped allowing swimming around because of these hazards.

The is the uniformed volunteer Component of the created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service’s missions.

WASHINGTON – compiled by the U.S. Coast Guard show the use of alcohol while boating was the leading contributor to on-the-water accidents…and the needless loss of 126 lives during 2010.
With the long Fourth of July weekend just ahead of us, the U.S. encourages all boaters to “Boat Responsibly” and be sure you have a designated sober and qualified coxswain on board to ensure your boat gets back to the dock safely. In all, 605 deaths from boating accidents were recorded last year, with July being one of the most hazardous months for boaters.
During 2010, alcohol use was involved in 330 boating accidents and, in addition to contributing to the deaths of 126 boaters, resulted in injuries to 293 others.
Just as in driving a car, alcohol use while boating can lead to impairment of critical senses needed to avoid boating accidents. Slowed reaction time and diminished decision making ability can make your day on the water a less than enjoyable one. Additionally, alcohol can cause dehydration and illness when you are exposed to a hot, sunny day of boating.
“Boat Responsibly” … and don’t mix alcohol with your day on the water. Save the “bourbon and branch” until you return home.
The is the uniformed volunteer Component of the created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service’s missions.

R 221632Z JUN 11

ALCOAST 302/11

COMDTNOTE 16790

SUBJ: SEVENTY-SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE AUXILIARY

1. JUNE 23 MARKS THE SEVENTY-SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF OUR . FOLLOWING THEIR FORMATION IN 1939, AMERICA SOON ENTERED WWII. DURING THE WAR, SOME 50,000 VOLUNTEER AUXILIARISTS STOOD WATCH OVER OUR SHORES, PORTS AND WATERWAYS.

2. TODAY IS NO DIFFERENT. THIS YEAR OUR 31,000 COAST GUARD AUXILIARISTS DELIVERED OVER 3.2 MILLION HOURS OF OPERATIONAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT. AT SEA, IN THE AIR, AND EVEN IN THE INCIDENT COMMAND CENTER, THEY FORTIFIED OUR RESPONSE TO THE DEEPWATER HORIZON SPILL, ASSISTED WITH MIDWEST FLOOD OPERATIONS, AND PROVIDED COMPASSIONATE ASSISTANCE TO WEST COAST COMMUNITIES THREATENED BY A TSUNAMI.

3. EVERY DAY THE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY WORKS TO MAKE OUR WATERS SAFER FOR RECREATIONAL BOATERS THROUGH EDUCATION, SAFETY INSPECTIONS AND STRONG PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE UNITED STATES POWER SQUADRONS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COALITION.

4. I CONSIDER THEIR WORK A SPLENDID PATRIOTIC SERVICE, AND I  ENCOURAGE ALL UNITS TO HOIST THE AUXILIARY COLORS ON JUNE 23 TO HONOR THEIR PROUD TRADITION AND WORTHY MISSION.

SEMPER PARATUS.

5. ADMIRAL BOB PAPP, COMMANDANT, SENDS.

6. INTERNET RELEASE AUTHORIZED.

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 Sector Baltimore, and U.S. Power Squadrons.
WHAT: Free to the public National Safe Boating Week 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, 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, , Horn Point 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 Station Annapolis

* 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 .

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Dead Maryland Boaters in 2011

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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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