- Published on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 22:06
- Written by Super User
The Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron holding boat safety training course on Saturday May 17th at the Carolina Beach Town Marina.
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - The Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron held a "Safe Boating Day" at the Carolina Beach Town Marina on Saturday May 17th from 11am to 3pm to help kick off National Boating Safety Week.
The goal of the event was to reach out to the general public and offer information and demonstrations to make Boating Season safe and enjoyable.
Squadron members provided information concerning safety requirements for private vessels, national and state boating regulations and demonstrations on the proper use of personal floatation devices (PFD's).
Boat rides were made available to families and a signal flare demonstration and fire extinguisher demonstration was held by the Carolina Beach Fire Department.
The U.S. Coast Guard and SeaTow were on hand. SeaTow donated the use of life jackets for training demonstrations.
Kids and adults of all ages attended the event and enjoyed the information, demonstrations and of course free hot dogs and drinks.
The Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron offers a public boating course. In North Carolina all boat operators age 26 and under are required to take a certified vessel safety course.
The Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron (a.k.a. Cape Fear Boating Club) is a unit of the United States Power Squadrons (USPS), District 27, serving North Carolina.
USPS is the largest nonprofit organization in the world devoted to boating safety and education, and is composed of people interested in learning and sharing knowledge about boats, both sail and power. USPS is not a government organization, but close ties are maintained with the Coast Guard and state boating agencies in our pursuit of better, safer boating.
They provide basic boating education as a civic service to the general public, and offer advanced courses to our members. Another public service activity is their Vessel Safety Check, in which trained examiners will, at the request of the boat owner, check a boat for required equipment and award a Coast Guard-recognized Vessel Safety Check compliance decal to boats that pass the inspection. Cape Fear Squadron and other squadrons provide chart update information to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of the Cooperative Charting Program.
They have events and meetings, both on and off the water, that give members a chance to relate to and participate in our favorite pastime, boating.
All members are unpaid volunteers, who gain and share knowledge through courses and activities. To learn more about the benefits of USPS membership, visit www.capefearpowersquadron.org