In a Boat and Suddenly in Command – Learn What to Do

Would you know what to do if you were "Suddenly In Command"?

You purchase a new boat and your spouse, parent, or captain becomes incapacitated or falls overboard. You are now “SUDDENLY in COMMAND”.

Would you know what to do? Could you operate the radio to call for help and give your position to the Coast Guard? Can you start the engine and signal for assistance using the flares?

Misfortune occurs in seconds and you may have only seconds to provide assistance. If you are not normally at the helm, being prepared with the basics in case of emergency may save lives.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 59 located in Sandsprit Park is offering a boating safety primer designed for those who do not normally operate the boat. This 4 hour course will include a hands-on approach and use of basic safety equipment. You will learn about your vessel, including terminology and operating procedures. Seasoned and experienced instructors, both men and woman, will guide you on what causes boating mishaps and how to minimize them, basic equipment handling and what equipment to have on board.

Mark the date, October 27th, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Coast Guard Auxiliary 59 facility at 3443 SE St. Lucie Boulevard, Sandsprit Park, Stuart for this course.

Registration is required. Please call (772) 342-0971 for your reserved spot in the event. The cost for this course, which will include material to keep and review with your own crew, is $ 15. More information can be found on the Coast Guard Auxiliary website at

Boating season never ends on the Treasure Coast and you will have the rest of your life to be grateful that you knew what to do because you were prepared.