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As we move into January and the colder months, we normally think more about staying warm when fishing in the cold, windy weather. Also, since the Captain of a vessel is responsible for the safety of his/her vessel and the crew, all Captains should be giving some thought to the prevention of hypothermia. Hypothermia can pose a problem for boaters anytime of the year, but should be of greater concern to all Captains as we approach colder weather.

Hypothermia occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce it. As a Captain, have you ever thought about what a life jacket has in common with a blanket relative to hypothermia and safety in boating? Both can save your life when you are facing a major killer in aquatic mishaps such as hypothermia. As a result, you should carry both of these items on your boat. A life jacket is a federal and state requirement, but a blanket is not. However, all boaters should carry a blanker on board.

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Polk County Boating Fatality

On 12/18/2009 at approximately 7:30 p.m., a Winter Haven couple were fishing on the east side of Lake Howard when their 12 foot vessel capsized. The husband last saw his…

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Boating Safety Classes

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Jacksonville Flotilla 14-8

One Saturday could save your life!  Keep your family safe on the water!  Maximize your knowledge and your family’s safety. Cost is only $25. A second family member may attend for $5 if you can share a book.

Benefits of this program:
Meets Florida legal requirements for boater education.
All graduates will receive the Florida Education I.D. card.
Most insurance companies offer discounts to graduates.
Meet your fellow boaters.
Have more fun on the water and have it safely.

Below is the list of classes and contacts for the rest of 2012. 

June 16  Saturday  7:30 – 5:00  Captains Club, 13363 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL. 32246
Mike 904-502-9154

June 16  Saturday  8:00 – 5:00  910 Roland Ave, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
Joel  414-745-4555

June 23  Saturday  7:30 – 5:00  Stellar Bldg. 2900 Hartley Road, Jacksonville, FL.32257
Bob 904-721-1346

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Wear Your Life Jacket

This month we start our fishing season and the tournaments for the club Captain of the Year. This presents an excellent opportunity to remind the Club membership of the fact that the successful fishing/ boating trip is the one that begins and ends safely.Inflatable_LJ

4_pocket_LJPreparation can save your life! One way to ensure a safe outing on the water is to wear your life jacket. Although not required by law, except for children 13 years of age and younger, boaters should wear a life jacket especially when the boat is underway. Historical data shows that many excellent swimmers have drowned when thrown from a moving boat without wearing a flotation device of some type. Recently we had a near tragic accident when a small boat, with 3 fishermen, capsized near the jetties. Since the fishermen were not wearing life jackets, only the quick action of some nearby fishermen prevented a tragedy.

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