News Release

May 9, 2018

Contact: Russ Eisenhardt

Vice Flotilla Commander
Public Affairs Officer
(678) 778-0656

News Release

Hilton Head USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 070-10-11 Announces Boat Safety Class – Offered in Bluffton Saturday, May 26th 

May 9, 2018 – Hilton Head US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 070-10-11 has announced the presentation of “About Boating Safely”, a sanctioned class designed to teach the basics of safe boating, and has invited the general public to attend on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Bluffton Public Library, 120 Palmetto Way in Bluffton, SC.  

 Topics of this 6-hour class will include: 

  • Introduction to Boating – Types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; paddle boats; houseboats; different uses of boats; various power boating engines; jet drives; family boating basics.  

  • Boating Law – Boat registration; boating regulation; hull identification number; required boat safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; Federal boat law; state boating laws; personal watercraft requirements.  

  • Boat Safety Equipment –Personal flotation devices ("life jackets"); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; dock lines and rope; first aid kit; anchors and anchor lines; other boating safety equipment.  

  • Safe Boating – Bow riding; alcohol and drug abuse; entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks; steering with a tiller and a wheel; docking, undocking and mooring; knots; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather and tides; using charts; choosing and using an anchor; safe PWC handling; general water safety.  

  • Navigation – The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWC "tunnel vision."  

  • Boating Problems – Hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; man overboard recovery; capsizing; running aground; river hazards; strainers: emergency radio calls; engine problems; equipment failures; carbon monoxide (CO); other boating and PWC problems.  

  • Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat – Types of trailers; trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading, balancing, and towing a trailer; towing (and backing) a trailer; boat launching and retrieving; boat storage and theft protection; launching, retrieving and storing a PWC.  

  • Hunting and Fishing, Water-skiing and River Boating – Carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat; fishing from a boat; water-skiing safety guidelines and hand signals; water-skiing with a PWC; navigating rivers, and other boating tips

Advance Registration by email is required at  The session is limited to 12 people and will cost $50 for the first family member and $25 for each additional member, which includes books, test and Certificate.  No charge for Aux members.

 The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. For more information, please visit