Coast Guardsmen attend boating safety course in Kodiak, Alaska

CGC Sycamore crewmembers particpate in boating safety course

Twelve members of the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore take a moment for a photo after completing an 8-hour boating safety course taught by the Kodiak Coast Guard Auxiliary at Base Kodiak, Alaska, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Drew Herman.

Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore completed a recreational boating safety course during their port call in Kodiak, Alaska, Friday.

The course, titled About Boating Safety, was provided by members of the Kodiak Coast Guard Auxiliary and is a requirement for all Coast Guard members who want to utilize the Coast Guard Morale, Welfare and Recreation department’s canoes, kayaks and recreational boats.

The eight-hour course is also available to civilians throughout the country and teaches students about vessel terminology, navigation, waterway rules of the road and safe boating practices.

“Our primary goal is to teach students the basic skills they need to be safe while boating,” said Coast Guard Auxiliarist Drew Herman, commander of the Kodiak Auxiliary Flotilla. “We encourage all boaters, regardless of experience level, to take advantage of this free course before heading back out onto the water this spring.”

For more information on ABS classes please visit: http://www.aboutboatingsafely.com/

The Sycamore is a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender stationed in Cordova, Alaska. The crew regularly conduct aids to navigation, law enforcement and search and rescue missions.

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