BOAT SAFE

Safe boating class May 21 in Damariscotta

A couple practices kayak rescue/re-entry skills at a lake.
Photo Courtesy of Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center
A couple practices kayak rescue/re-entry skills at a lake.
Posted May 13, 2011, at 2:31 p.m.

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — The most recent Coast Guard recreational boating statistics (2009), point up a critical need for boater education. The figures show that 2,656 recreational vessels were involved in boating accidents nationwide, resulting in 1,655 injuries and 326 deaths.

The vessel operators involved in these accidents had never taken a boating safety class. The 2011 National Safe Boating Week, May 21 – 27, 2011, theme is “Boat Safe, Boat Smart, Wear It! an international campaign reminding boaters from coast to coast and around the world to put on their life jacket when on the water.

The goal of National Safe Boating Week is to emphasize the year-round effort to promote safe boating.  All who enjoy the waters of Maine are urged to practice safe boating habits.

To refresh your memory or perhaps to introduce you for the first time to the basics of Safe Boating, Robert Loney and members of Lincoln County’s Coast Guard Flotilla will be at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Maine St., Damariscotta at 1 p.m. May 26 for an “Out and About On the Water Safely” workshop.

The simple use of life jackets when engaging in any boating or paddle boat activity saves lives. Obeying and knowing the Navigation Rules or the nautical “Rules of the Road” through safe boating workshops and not drinking alcohol or taking drugs while operating a boat, will save the lives of the boaters.

Start this year’s boating season out right by coming to the Coast Guard’s Safe Boating workshop on May 26 and learn how you can become a safe boater by just following a few common sense guidelines while you are out and about on Maine’s lakes, rivers, streams, bays, and Coastal waterways.

Advanced registration required.  Call 563-1363 by May 25 secure your seat in our local Coast Guard Flotilla’s Safe Boating Week Workshop. There is a $5 participant fee.  This is an inter-generational workshop.  All ages are welcome to come including home schooled students and their instructors.

For more information about Spectrum Generations, or to schedule an interview with Robert Lonely contact Marianne Pinkham at (207) 563-1363 or e-mail Marianne at mpinkham@spectrumgenerations.org.

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