USCG Auxiliary Offers Two Boating Safety Seminars in April

New Bern Area USCG Auxiliary
USCG Auxiliarists Glenn Druhot and Karl Mielenhausen teaching basic navigation to students at a recent class

Two seminars being offered on Saturday, April 28, promise a better, safer boating experience. “Local Waters Knowledge” runs from 9 a.m. to Noon; “Suddenly in Command” runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Both seminars are at the new Tri-Community Firehouse located at 200 Saint Delights Church Road in New Bern.

Local Waters Knowledge Seminar – Our Most Popular Class.  Boating is a lot safer, not to mention a lot more fun, when you know the waters you’re in. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary certified instructors offer this educational seminar for a fee of $10 per household; a CD packed with useful information is included.

While the emphasis is on the Neuse and Trent Rivers and other waters around New Bern, the seminar also presents the locations and features of many popular anchorages, marinas and boatyards in the Neuse and Pamlico river basins, as well as the ICW to Morehead City/Beaufort and on to Cape Lookout.

Suddenly in Command, a Safety Seminar for First Mates and Other Passengers. It’s a great day for boating, and your captain is plying the waters smoothly. Suddenly, he’s incapacitated; just as suddenly, you’re in command of a vessel you may know little or nothing about. What do you do?

Secure your lifeline now by registering for this four-hour boating safety class runs from 1-5 p.m. The fee of $20.00 includes a textbook; additional family members using the same text pay just $5.00 each.

“Suddenly in Command,” designed for folks not usually at the helm as well as new boat-owners, provides the basics to handle an emergency. Certified U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors teach basic boat handling; how to use the radio to call for help; identifying and using other important equipment that should be on board; and how to avoid or minimize various boating mishaps while you’re in command. Misfortune occurs in seconds; “Suddenly in Command” can prevent panic and catastrophe.

Register Now. For more information and to register for either or both classes, leave a message for David Fort at 252-672-1653; email him; or visit

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the United States Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. Visit to learn more about the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Submitted by: Bob Manning