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 Kilmarnock, Virginia

 

 

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WHAT DO YOU GET YOUR BOATER FOR VALENTINE’S DAY?

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CHOCOLATES, FLOWERS, OR A SPECIAL CARD. THE VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT CHOICES ARE MANY. BUT FOR THOSE WE REALLY LOVE, WHAT ARE THE BEST GIFTS?

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WHAT DO YOU GET YOUR BOATER FOR VALENTINE’S DAY?

With “love in the air” and spring and boating season just around the corner, Flotilla’s 33 of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, would like to offer some special Valentine’s Day Gift ideas for boaters to help them stay safe all year long, and will surely last longer than roses. Flotilla 33 is headquartered in Kilmarnock, VA.

One of the best gift ideas for boaters is to sign up for a boating safety course. “Knowledge is power, and it has been statistically shown that boaters who have taken a boating safety class are far less likely to be involved in a boating mishap or fatality”, commented Ann Reinicke, Flotilla Staff Officer for Public Education. Course topics include basic boating handling, required and recommended safety equipment, navigation rules and dealing with boating emergencies.

“One of the most valuable gifts for boaters doesn’t cost anything but time, such as scheduling a free vessel safety check with a qualified member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary”, said Ed Hind, Flotilla 33 Commander. “An examiner will insure your vessel complies with federal, state and local safety requirements before getting underway”. For more information on a free Vessel Safety Check, contact Sam Conge, Flotilla Staff Officer for Vessel Examination.

Ten other great gift ideas to help keep boaters safe include:

  • Sleek, light-weight and comfortable inflatable life jackets
  • A carbon monoxide detector
  • Emergency signaling kits – flares, signal mirror, whistle, etc
  • Kill switch leash – kills the engine if the boater falls overboard
  • Up-to-date navigation charts and/or a handheld GPS unit
  • Navigation tools and calculators
  • Hand-held VHF marine radio with extra batteries
  • Personal emergency position indicating radio beacons
  • Tool kit and spare parts for boats
  • Personal protective equipment such as First Aid Kit, sun screen, sunglasses, food and water

The price range for these items runs from under $10.00 up to several hundred dollars, but giving the gift of safety to a friend or loved one is priceless and says a lot more then a dozen roses or a box of chocolates.

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN & SUBMITTED BY BRIAN MCARDLE, FLOTILLA 33 STAFF OFFICER FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS.

 

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