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Letters To The Editor

September 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor:

I read many articles in your magazine written by fellow members of the United States Power Squadrons. Most of them address boating safety because our organization has been teaching boating skills since 1912. We are

America’s largest boating organization, approaching our 100th birthday and still teaching on Long Island, where 18 squadrons conduct free boating classes from Brooklyn to East Hampton.

As the District Safety Officer, I am responsible for squadrons getting the word out in their boating communities. My job is easy because of the Squadron Safety Officers appointed by each squadron commander.

It is hard to believe, but as a volunteer organization most of these positions are held for many years (there are two Squadron Officers starting their 3rd decade).

During “Safe Boating Week” (May 22-28) members of Patchogue Bay Squadron did a Fire Extinguisher-Flare Demonstration on their town dock where over 60 members under the guidance of the Patchogue Fire Dept put out fires, lit flares on the dock and off 2 boats provided by the fire dept. Oyster Bay Squadron visited Bethpage schools where members demonstrated to 300 children the importance of wearing a life jacket the right size and type and how to throw a line to the victim in a man overboard situation. And in Greenport, Peconic Bay Squadron set up a Safety Booth at Mitchell Park along with the US Coast Guard, National Safety Council, Sea Tow, and other boating organizations. In addition, a USPS instructor received an award from NY State in recognition of 50 years of teaching boating classes in Southhold.

If you boat on LI you can get a free Vessel Safety Check by going to www.weboatsafe.com. The examiner will check your boat and point out anything you missed. Nothing is written up or sent out if you fail and she or he will come back when you correct the problem and give you a sticker.

So remember that USPS is not just the Post Office; it also stands for United States Power Squadrons. And don’t forget: WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET!

Commander Joe Ruggieri

District-3 Safety Officer

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Barry:

You made my day; or night as the case may be! Imagine my surprise when at 12:30AM I was trolling the internet in search of potential volunteer Captains/vessels for our upcoming Sail-a-thon and discovered your article. You are the best; thank you so very much for your support of our programs.

Linda B Johnson, Director

The Heart of Sailing Foundation

A Nautical Adventure for Children with Special Needs

www.HeartofSailing.org

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