Making Boating Safe and Fun

by Mar 1, 2024Education, Outdoor Recreation

Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron promotes boating safety and promotes fellowship among boaters.

By Edgardo Bianchi

Southeastern North Carolina is fortunate to have an abundance of aquatic recreational opportunities. Ocean, rivers and lakes are part of the appealing playground for watercraft and boats of all types.

There is nothing better than an adventure on the water in the company of friends. These activities, however, are associated with potential risks, which increase significantly without thorough understanding of navigation rules and local regulations.

Life Jacket Emergency Ring

Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron is a local organization of boat enthusiasts (and part of the national organization known as America’s Boating Club®). The goals of the organization are:
1) to promote boating safety
2) to provide boating education through different courses
3) to promote a fellowship among the group of boaters who are members (currently 190 locally and about 20,000 nationally).

It is an organization of boaters for boaters and at the same time it provides an important service to the community.

An essential instructional course is the America’s Boating Course® (ABC), with certified instructors covering boat handling, navigation and safety requirements, along with useful phone apps and links. This class satisfies the North Carolina boating education requirements for those born after January 1, 1988.

America's Boating Club Logo

Another important service to the general boating public is their free boat inspection program.

This Vessel Safety Check is performed by certified Vessel Safety Examiners from the Squadron who review the U.S. Coast Guard safety requirements with the boat owner. It takes about 30 minutes, and if everything is in order, the boater owner is given a decal, indicating the passing of the inspection. However, if it is incomplete and there are deficiencies, the decal is postponed until further compliance is verified. Importantly, if the boat does not pass inspection, there is no penalty or fine, because it is a voluntary, beneficial review.

Life Jacket Boat Safety

The North Carolina Report of Boating Accidents and Fatalities (compiled and published by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Law Enforcement Division) shows that with education and safety checks, fewer costly and tragic accidents occur on the water.

Want to join, take a class or schedule an inspection?
Contact the Squadron through the following:
weteachboating.org
capefearsailandpowersquadron.org
email: membership@capefearsailandpowersquadron.org
and on Facebook.

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