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Boating Safety and the CCSO Marine Unit

 

The CCSO is accepting applications now for those interested in becoming a MVP (Marine Volunteer Program) member.  Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Bill Doolittle at 904-213-6062 for details.

Boating Safety Courses

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit is proud of it’s partnership with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary for providing boating safety instruction. USCGA Flotilla 14-5

has been established in Clay County at Reynolds Park Yacht Club and are offering boating

safety inspections as well as boater safety courses. The courses will be offered monthly and are

free of charge. The CCSO Marine Unit will support their efforts though providing boating safety

instruction as well as continuing its mission to serve and protect the boating public.

 

Topics:

KNOW YOUR BOAT

BEFORE YOU GET UNDERWAY

OPERATING YOUR BOAT SAFELY

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS OF BOATING

BOATING EMERGENCIES

ENJOYING WATER SPORTS

 

Certificate: The class is taught by approved National Association of Boating Law Administrators

(NASBLA) certified instructors and the course is approved by NASBLA

and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Upon successful

completion of the course the student will receive a state issued Boating Safety Card. Persons

born on or after January 1, 1988 are required to possess a Boater Safety Card to operate

any motorized vessel greater than 10 hp.

Due to space limitations, reservations are required.  To reserve seats or for further information contact jes.stevens@comcast.net or call Jesse Stevens at 904-696-7596.

Note: Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Clay County has more than 10,000 registered vessels.
  • President Grover Cleveland fished the St. Johns River and Black Creek, too.
  • There are over 35 square miles of waterway in Clay County.
  • The Spanish originally named the Black Creek Rio Blanco--"White River".
  • Fort Heileman was constructed near the forks of Black Creek in 1836.
  • In 1906, a steamship ride from Green Cove Springs to Jacksonville cost .75¢

 

BOATING SAFETY TIPS:

  • Make a "float plan" before going out to let someone know where you'll be and what time

         you'll return.

  • Take a cellular phone or a VHF radio with you so you can call for assistance.
  • Check local weather reports prior to leaving the ramp so you know what to expect.
  • Inspect your safety gear and replace any damaged or non-serviceable equipment.
  • Make sure you have a properly fitting Personal Flotation Device for every person on board.
  • Discuss emergency plans with passengers.
  • Consider getting towing insurance.

 

For more information on boating safety or marine complaints, contact Deputy Chris Castelli at 591-4621. For information about joining the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-05 contact USCG AUX Flottila  flotilla14.5@gmail.com

  

Helpful Links:

Local Tides: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jax/?n=tides

Safety Checks:

http://www.safetyseal.net/

 

National Flotilla Finder:

http://www.cgaux.org/units.html

 

Navigation Rules Homepage:

http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/mwv/navrules/rotr_online.htm

 

National Safe Boating Counsel:

http://www.safeboatingcouncil.org/

 

National Association of State Boating Law Administrators:

http://nasbla.org

 

National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office:

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jax/

 

Clay County Ordinances Regarding Vessels (Section 5-3):

http://library8.municode.com/default-test/home.htm?infobase=10559&doc_action=whatsnew

 

 

BoatUS:

http://www.boatus.com/

 

Florida by Water:

http://www.floridabywater.com/

 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Boating Safety:

http://www.myfwc.com/RECREATION/boat_index.htm

 

 
 
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