California Boater Card
Begging on January 1 2018, anyone under the age of 21 will be required to have certificate from the State to operate a vessel. The age limit will increase by five years every year so in 2019, it will be required for anyone 25 or younger and so on. In order to become qualified, you will have to pass an approved .boating safety course. The US Power Squadron is one of the approved organizations. The BSPS will be putting on a basic boating safety class - ABC - in the near future so please check this site from time to time. You can get more information by going to: californiaboatercard.com
Our next GMM will be on Thursday, October 19th at the Newport Tennis Club. We will post more information as the date gets closer
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End of Summer BBQ
Our annual end of summer BBQ - along with our September GMM - will take place at the Newport Dunes on Saturday September 23rd. Make sure to put it on your calendar. We will send out the details shortly.
If you are not aware, you can take an online seminar on a variety of subjects at the USPS website. Just go to www.usps.org/edonline/. There you will find courses on All About Marine Radio, or How to Use a GPS among others. Members get a 20% discount. It is a great way to improve your knowledge without having to leave the house. Besides, it is a good way to support our organization.
We have certified vessel examiners who will perform a FREE Vessel Safety Check (VSC). Our goal is to make boating as fun and safe as possible.
Come for the Boating Education... Stay for the Friends
Dana Point Cruise for August 25 - 27
has been canceled.
We have cancelel the cruise to Dana Point this weekend as it looks like there will not be enough boats. My apologies for the late notice. Once we will come up with an alternative I will post to this website.
FIRES ON BOATS
One of the most frightening things that can happen on a boat is fire. In a recent issue in Boat US magazine, there is a story about a couple sailing across the Sea of Cortez who experienced a fire which left them in the water with second and third degree burns hanging onto a fender and watching their boat go up in flames. Fortunately, they were rescued by a passing fishing boat. It serves as a reminder how important it is to prepare for such an emergency.
According to studies done by Boat US, you have perhaps four minutes to put out the fire or get into the water. In that time, you need to locate and put on your life jackets, make a Mayday call, grab a ditch bag or whatever supplies you will need; e.g. radio, water, supplies, flares, etc., and get into your life boat. That is not much time so being prepared and having a plan is essential.
I have done hundreds of vessel safety exams and I can't tell you how often people don't have the required number of fire extinguishers, or have ones that may not work. In some cases, they didn't even know where they were!
So please, make sure your extinguishers are in good working order, have them mounted so you can locate them quickly, and have a few extra just in case.
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