2011-04-06 / Features

Young Queens Residents Learn Boating Safety

BY JASON D. ANTOS

With Spring now hereU.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary member Anthony Fico teaches youngsters at the Boating Safety Education class at Douglas Manor a lesson on proper boating safety.Photos Jason D. AntosU.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary member Anthony Fico teaches youngsters at the Boating Safety Education class at Douglas Manor a lesson on proper boating safety.Photos Jason D. Antos and Summer on the horizon, residents along Queens’ shores will be getting ready for several months of boat related activities.
In order to help prepare boat owners and enthusiasts for the boating season, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 1SR, Division 12, Flotilla 12-01 is conducting classes to help educate young and old about the necessary safety precautions and dangers of going to sea.
With classes that run through April 30, Flotilla 12-01 came to Douglas Manor in Douglaston for a special youth targeted safety class. About a dozen kids attended the America’s Boating Course, on February 27, where they learned about safety and proper boating habits.
“This is very important especially for youngsters their age,” U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary RBS Program Visitor Anthony Fico said. “When the weather gets warm, they will go out with their family and friends and will one day themselves drive a boat in these very waters and they must be made aware of the risks.”
The youngsters learned the importance of conserving fuel while at sea, how to treat a serious injury, use a radio to contact the coast guard and how to rescue those who are in the water.
“You must always remember that helping others is the law,” Fico told the class. “Wearing a lifejacket is also important and you must always be prepared.”
One youngster asked, “What is the most dangerous place to take you boat?”
“Why, the Hell Gate River without a doubt,” Fico replied. “Fishermen call that body of water, “The Washing Machine.’” (L. to r.); U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary RBS Program Visitor Anthony Fico, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Vice Flotilla Commander Ralph Traub and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Commander John W. Britt.(L. to r.); U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary RBS Program Visitor Anthony Fico, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Vice Flotilla Commander Ralph Traub and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Commander John W. Britt.
Future public education classes are scheduled for April 30 at Queensboro Community College. The class runs from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., costs $90 and includes textbook and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Safety Education Certificate. The class is geared toward youngster’s ages 10 through 18 years old. Pre registration is required by contacting QCCContinuingEd@qcc.cuny.edu or, call 718-281-5538.
New York State requires that young boaters take boating safety classes and then display their approved certificate onboard their boat.

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