2007 KIDS SAFE BOATING PROGRAM
The Miles River Sail and Power Squadron (MRSPS), District 5, conducted a safe boating workshop for all Seventh Graders (348) of the Talbot County Public Schools during May, 2007 at:
St Michaels Middle School: at the
The workshops included safe boating practices such as proper stabilization in small craft; boating laws and regulations; use of nautical charts and related aids to navigation; proper use of the radio to report accidents and other hazardous situations; responses to boating emergencies such as fire, crew over board, care of common boating injuries; hypothermia; and, environmental issues. Students practiced skills of throwing rescues, use of the radio, and entering and leaving small boats. They were also engaged in simulated experiments that demonstrate environmental clean up, effects of cold water, sun, and alcohol on one’s ability to function safely, use of common navigation aids that can be found on local rivers, and selecting first aid equipment/supplies in readiness for potential/common injuries in, on and around the water.
Sixty plus members of the MRSPS and its auxiliary, the Half Miles, organized in six teams to conduct seven sessions for each of the five workshops. Each team was lead by a team leader who was responsible for planning, collecting needed equipment and materials and organizing instructors to deliver the specific topics assigned to the team. Many of the members have completed multiple boating safety courses provided by the USPS that range from basic boating safety through celestial navigation. The combination of study and years of practical experience in operating their own boats makes this a rich experience for
Go to http://www.mrsps.org/ to find more details about this program.