Coast Guard participates in Junior Safety at Sea Seminar

1st Coast Guard District News
PERTH AMBOY, N.J. – U.S. Coast Guardsmen from Coast Guard Station New York and Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook educated young sailors during the Junior Safety at Sea Seminar (Jr. SAS), an annual event hosted by The Storm Trysail at the Raritan Yacht Club in Perth Amboy, N.J., July 25, 2013.

Since 1996, The Storm Trysail has trained more than 3,000 teenagers in essential safety boating skills in eight cities along the east coast. Through partnership with U.S. Sailing and inspiration by safety at sea programs for ocean racers, the Jr. SAS was specifically aimed at teen audiences.

“Its a fantastic program and it’s grown each year,” said Ann Myer, the former commodore and a Storm Trysail member at the Raritan Yacht Club. “The kids get some life lessons through this program.”

During the day-long session, young sailors and their family members participated in classroom learning along with hands-on activities on the water. The program emphasized fun, real-life practice, communication, teamwork and preparing for accidents before they happen.

Lt. Alfred E. Betts, a Command Duty Officer at Coast Guard Sector New York, Lt. j.g. Jon B. Duffett, a Marine Inspector at Sector New York and a rescue boat crew from Station Sandy Hook, N.J., discussed radio communication and flare use with the sailors and demonstrated man overboard preventions and recovery.

“It’s always great when the Coast Guard gets a chance to spend time with the people we’re about to serve,” said Betts. “This allows us to educate our youth on safety at sea and proper sea-faring techniques.”

The seminar included other topics such as fire suppression, medical emergencies and illness avoidance, life raft deployment, righting and boarding, weather attentiveness and storm preparation, big boat crew roles and basic maneuvers, shortening sail and storm sails, and big boat safety equipment.

“For sailors with little or no big boat experience, Jr. SAS allows kids to build confidence and understand the ins and outs of sailing, while practicing important safety techniques and life-saving skills they might require out at sea,” said Myer.

To learn more about the Jr. SAS, visit: http://www.stormtrysailfoundation.org/safety-at-sea.htm

Click the photo for more from the event.

 

PERTH AMBOY, N.J. - Lt. Alfred E. Betts, a Command Duty Officer at Sector New York, discusses the importance of using a smoke signal flare during the Junior Safety at Sea Seminar in Perth Amboy, N.J., July 25, 2013. The Storm Trysail Foundation hosted this event for the fifth year and worked to emphasize fun, real-life practice, communication, teamwork and  preparing for accidents before they happen. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ali Flockerzi.

Lt. Alfred E. Betts, a Command Duty Officer at Sector New York, discusses the importance of using a smoke signal flare during the Junior Safety at Sea Seminar in Perth Amboy, N.J., July 25, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ali Flockerzi.

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