WINFIELD | The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has a conducted a number of Boating Safety Courses this past year in conjunction with Winfield Township, Lakes of the Four Seasons and the U.S. Steelworkers Union. Many students have graduated and received certificates at the completion of this Official USCG Auxiliary training.
Winfield Township Trustee Rollie Bauer has asked the USCG Auxiliary to further educate all interested area residents through a series of workshops, the first set for 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Winfield Township meeting room, 10645 Randolph St., Lobby B.
"This Parent/Child Water Safety workshop is geared towards children 5 to 12 and will focus on Recreational Boating & Swimming Safety since we have many local lakes and Lake Michigan nearby," said USCG Aux. Commander John Hopkins. "There will be an emphasis on child/parent responsibility, with hands-on learning as well as giveaways for all who participate.
“This program is aimed to inform the children and parents on the basic 'how-to' of boating, along with hands-on demonstrations from experts in the field. . .the goal is for a more knowledgeable water-loving public, which will make for a more pleasurable experience in our lakes."
Vice Commander Jim Bell added: “Classes provided by the USCG Auxiliary should lead to a discount on your boat insurance and give a better boating experience.”
According to Doug Kiser USCG Auxiliary Public Education Officer: “Statistics show absolutely that most boating accidents are pilot/operator error and most (are) due to the lack of boating and water safety knowledge.”
Additional training classes will be conducted towards the end of the season so that boaters and soon-to-be boaters will have the opportunity to get certification year round. For more information and/or registration, call Hopkins toll-free at (877) 454-6779.