MEMBER TRAINING ARCHIVE
FLOTILLA 33 PREPARES FOR WINTER WITH DRY-SUIT TRAINING & TESTING ON 05NOV12
FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS HOWARD MONTGOMERY, ED HIND, & DON GALLAGHER DURING ANNUAL DRY SUIT TRAINING & TESTING.
COAST GUARD & AUXILIARY OPERATIONS PERSONNEL ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR DRY SUITS & COLD WEATHER PROTECTION GEAR WHEN LOCAL WATER TEMPERATURES DROP BELOW 50 DEGREES.
FLOTILLA 33 (KILMARNOCK) & FLOTILLA 64 (MATTHEWS) MEMBERS PARTICIPATE IN DRY SUIT TRAINING & TESTING.
15-20 MINUTES IN 50-55 DEGREE WATER COMPLETED, NOW TIME FOR A FRESH WATER RINSE.
WITH THE POOL CLOSED FOR THE WINTER, JIM MAGUIRE UNDERGOES DRY SUIT TRAINING & TESTING AT A LOCAL BOAT RAMP ON 15NOV12.
MARK PATERNI COMPLETES DRY SUIT TRAINING & TESTING ON 19NOV12.
FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS PREPARE FOR WINTER
Recently, 12 members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 33 gathered to test their Dry Suits for winter operations. “We may get a warm day into the 60s or 70s during the winter,“ commented newly elected Flotilla Commander Ed Hind. “However, the water is still cold and hypothermia can set in very quickly. If our members are to assist other boaters during the winter, we need to be prepared.”
“Lots of people have winterized their boats already, but during patrols in late November & early December we saw as many as 65-70 recreational fishing boats on the Rappahannock River between Urbanna and Belle Island,” stated Mark Paterni, an auxiliary crew member. “The Auxiliary needs to be prepared to conduct rescue operations in all kinds of weather and conditions if we are to be effective.”
The Auxiliary encourages the use of life jackets all the time, especially if you are out by yourself and out in cold water, like it is now. It doesn’t take long in 40 to 50 degree water for you to lose coordination and feeling so you can’t get back on your boat. When the Auxiliary gets called out, it is much better to be a rescue then a recovery.
So, if you are driving across the Rappahannock River Bridge and see a boat traveling along in cold weather, you may wonder who could possibly be out there. Well, it might just be your local Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 33 boats & crew being “Semper Paratus”. Always Ready!
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