Auxiliary to present boating safety education cards to Miami Southridge Senior High School students

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. – The Coast Guard Auxiliary will present 60 Miami Southridge Senior High School (MSSH) students who successfully completed a safe boating class with their Florida Boating Safety Education cards during an awards ceremony from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Black Point Marina.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary, along with active duty Coast Guardsmen from Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Fla., will present each MSSH senior who passed the Boating Skills and Seamanship (BS&S) course a certificate of completion and their Florida Boating Safety Education card during the ceremony.

Students and invited guests will also have the opportunity to tour aboard one of Station Miami Beach’s newest vessels, the 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M). The RB-M replaces the Coast Guard’s aging fleet of 41-foot Utility Boats; while offering advanced technology and capabilities.

“It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to present these students with their certificates and cards,” said Lt. Joseph Abeyta, Coast Guard Station Miami Beach commanding officer. “The earlier we can emphasis the Coast Guard’s message of boating safely to our young men and women, the sooner we can embed boating safety awareness and practices in the minds of our future boaters.”

The awards ceremony is being made possible with financial support from the Miami Homestead Speedway. Invited guests include Dr. David Moore, principal of Miami Southridge Senior High School, and state, county, and city officials.

“We are extremely proud of our 60 seniors who successfully completed the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Boating Skills and Seamanship course on February 25, 2011,” said Ed Dickson, marine science teacher at Miami Southridge Senior High School and member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Flotilla 61 of Homestead. “They have taken the initial step towards becoming safer boaters both on land and while underway.”

The Coast Guard Auxiliary’s BS&S course is a comprehensive course designed to teach experienced and novice boaters the skills necessary for handling boats in all conditions. Florida residents who successfully complete this course receive a Florida Boating Safety Education card issued by Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) which entitles them to discounts on boaters’ insurance offered by many insurance companies to boaters who complete a FWC-approved boating safety course.

For more information on the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Boating Skills and Seamanship course, please visit http://www.cgaux.org/boatinged/.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, created by an Act of Congress in 1939, is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all its missions.

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