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2018 Boating Safety Classes Schedule!


Check out all of our "About Boating Safely" Classes for 2018 posted below!

All PWC operators and all Power Vessel operators boating in New Jersey waters are required to take an approved boating safety course.

Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely.

PWC operators must be at least 16 years old and possess a boating safety course certificate. Boaters age 13 to 15, possessing a boating safety course certificate, may only operate unpowered vessels,  vessels powered by electric motor, and powerboats with engines of less than 10 total Horse Power.

This basic boating safety class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain boating safety certification in New Jersey. See details of N.J. boating laws at  http://www.state.nj.us/.



If you are interested in an exciting, in-depth boating safety course, check out our popular 8-hour ABS course.


  • Introduction to Boating - Types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; paddle boats; houseboats; different uses of boats; various power boating engines; jet drives; family boating basics. 
  • Boating Laws - Boat registration; boating regulation; hull identification number; required boat safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; Federal boat law; state boating laws; personal watercraft requirements. 
  • Boat Safety Equipment - Personal flotation devices ("life jackets"); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; dock lines and rope; first aid kit; anchors and anchor lines; other boating safety equipment. 
  • Safe Boating - Bow riding; alcohol and drug abuse; entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks; steering with a tiller and a wheel; docking, undocking and mooring; knots; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather and tides; using charts; choosing and using an anchor; safe PWC handling; general water safety. 
  • Navigation - The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWC "tunnel vision." 
  • Boating Problems - Hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; man overboard recovery; capsizing; running aground; river hazards; strainers: emergency radio calls; engine problems; equipment failures; carbon monoxide (CO); other boating and PWC problems. 
  • Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat - Types of trailers; trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading, balancing, and towing a trailer; towing (and backing) a trailer; boat launching and retrieving; boat storage and theft protection; launching, retrieving and storing a PWC. 
  • Legal Requirements of Boating in NJ - Questions about N.J. Boating Laws are covered and included in the test.  This includes registration, displaying of numbers and decals, unlawful operation, New Jersey specific safety requirements, etc.  We also include do a short segment on America's Waterway Watch and Homeland Security Restrictions.
For More Information and Registration, CONTACT:

Flotilla 16-07 Hotline: 732-785-2618 
E-mail: uscgaux1607@gmail.com



By John Fisher, Flotilla 16-07

COMO Witemeyer answers questions.
COMO Witemeyer answers questions.
Of all the missions of the Coast Guard Auxiliary perhaps public education is the most important. Reaching out to folks and preparing them for the unforeseen as they enjoy water activities is essential for their well-being. Flotilla 16-7 (D5-NR), based at Station Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, has expanded its role beyond offering the standard courses to include the Auxiliary course entitled "Water 'n Kids".

The program in Division 16 began in 1991; it was Dona Turner (16- 8) and Patti Witham (16-7) who persuaded then new member Brenda Moscatiello (16-7) to become qualified as an instructor and join them in teaching young children.

Your Life Jacket is orange so you can be seen.
Your Life Jacket is orange so you can be seen.

She became known as "Miss Brenda" to all the children where she brought Water 'n Kids program. As the program grew Mrs. Moscatiello enlisted shipmates Jack Witemeyer (16-7) in 1998 and Ron Coleman (16-7) in 2001. Today, the program is spear-headed by Jack Witemeyer who is the 5NR Immediate Past District Commodore (IPDCO).

Joining Jack and Ron in offering boating and water safety classes to children are Flotilla 16-7 Auxiliarists Gerard San Antonio, Dennis Georgia, Bill Castagno, Charmaine Schermondstires, and John Fisher.

The flotilla has been called upon to teach children from age three all the way to age seventeen. Groups of children in local nursery schools, elementary schools, scouting programs, summer library and recreation programs all have received water and boating safety instruction.
Make sure it fits!
Make sure it fits!

Classes are interactive; show and tell items such as plastic boats, throw rings and life jackets are displayed and discussed. The children are encouraged to try on the life jackets while proper sizing is discussed. Safety items like first aid kits, flashlights, and radios are included in the items that should be aboard any vessel. Sitting quietly while a boat is in motion can be boring for youngsters, so ways to be helpful, like being a lookout, are discussed.

Additional topics presented to the children include pollution and environment issues. The impact of soda cans, plastic water bottles and bags, and plastic six-pack soda can rings are reinforced by stories about "Inky the Whale" and "Officer Snook". The three R's of recycling - reduce, reuse, recycle - are stressed.

This is how to adjust the life-jacket
This is how to adjust the life-jacket

Youngsters are encouraged to follow the adage: "If you load it at the dock, unload it at the dock." As the age level of the children increases, so to does the complexity of the lesson and the books utilized. "Boating Fun - Adventure on the Water" and "Waypoints - A Guide to Boating Safety" are used in the instruction process. Sometimes adults are in attendance at these classes and they are quite thankful for the information given to the children. Hearing their comments and seeing the smiles on the faces of the youngsters makes it all worth the effort. 

If you are an instructor and wish to expand your horizons, look into this program. You will be stimulated beyond belief!

Article by John M. Fisher, Jr., Flotilla 16-7, Point Pleasant, NJ
Reprinted from SITREP (10/03/2010)

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary, America's Volunteer Guardians, supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service's missions. For more information about the Coast Guard Auxiliary visit http://www.cgaux.org

Contact us:
Flotilla 16-07 Hotline: 732-785-2618 
     E-mail: uscgaux1607@gmail.com

U.S. Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet
U.S. Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet
Location: 1 mile southeast of Squan Beach;
40-06' 52"N x 74-01' 43"W in 1880; 40-07' 00"N x 74-02' 00"W in 1915; 40-06' 12"N x 74-02' 30"W.

61 Inlet Drive, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742-2642, (732) 775-5029 Map

Welcome To Flotilla 16-07, D5NR, USCG Auxiliary