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  • Writer's pictureGayle Albertini

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Classroom Training

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will provide classes in Fairfield Harbour during January and February. There are classes designed for both experienced and want-to-be sailors.

Youth as Crew Afloat (SIC-Y) (4 Feb) Activity Center, Rm 2

When: Saturday, February 4th • 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Where: Fairfield Harbor Property Owners Association.

Activity Center: Room 2 902 Coral Reef Dr, New Bern, NC 28560

Cost: $10 (additional household members Free)

You’re enjoying a boat ride on one of our waterways and suddenly, the captain becomes incapacitated. You are Suddenly In Command.

Saturday, Feb 4, your New Bern/Oriental area Coast Guard Auxiliary presents a 3-hour boating safety class designed for youth ages 10 to 19. This class will help you “be prepared” with the basics in an emergency and will teach hands-on skills in marlinspike seamanship, communications and basic boating knowledge.

Learn about your vessel, including nomenclature and operating principles, using the radio to call for help, descriptions of what causes boating mishaps and how to minimize them, basic boat handling and what equipment should be on board.

Misfortune occurs in seconds, and you have the rest of your life to be grateful that you knew what to do because you were prepared. This course was specifically designed for our youth to give them the confidence to be a contributing member of the crew.

For more information and to register this class, call:

Hank Steinfeld 252-745-0893 cell: 301-247-0903

Visit us on the Web at

Boat America (25 FEB) Community Center.

Boat America is a boating certificate class that offers an in-depth and interesting boating safety course and provides the knowledge needed to obtain a boating certificate.

Some insurance companies will also offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete this course.


  • Introduction to Boating – Types of power boats, boating vocabulary, sailboats, paddle boats, powering boats, and engine types.

  • Boating Law – Boat registration, regulations, hull identification numbers, required safety equipment, Federal boating law, state boating law, and reporting accidents.

  • Safety Equipment – Life jackets, fire extinguishers, sound-producing devices, visual distress signals, anchors, and other safety equipment.

  • Safe Operation and Navigation – Buoys and beacons, aids to navigation, navigation rules, docking, and the dangers of alcohol on the water.

  • Boating Emergencies – Hypothermia, boating accidents, man overboard, capsizing, emergency radio calls, carbon monoxide dangers, and weather.

  • Trailering – Types of trailers, lights, hitches, towing a trailer.

  • Sports and Boating – Water-skiing, hunting and hunting gear, PWC operation, and other boating tips.

  • For more information:

For more information on these or other U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary training classes, please visit Note that there are fees for these classes and you must pre-register to attend.

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