The Clay County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit is proud to announce it’s partnership with the
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary in providing boating safety instruction. USCGA Flotilla 14-5
has been established in Clay County at Reynolds Park Yacht Club and are offering boating
safety inspections as well as boater safety courses. The courses will be offered monthly and are
free of charge. The CCSO Marine Unit will support their efforts though providing boating safety
instruction as well as continuing its mission to serve and protect the boating public.
USCGA and CCSO Boating Safety Class Course Schedule
Classes: Upcoming 2013 Dates TBD
Location: Call or email contacts below to confirm class locations.
Topics: Topics include:
KNOW YOUR BOAT
BEFORE YOU GET UNDERWAY
OPERATING YOUR BOAT SAFELY
LEGAL REQUIREMENTS OF BOATING
ENJOYING WATER SPORTS
Certificate: The class is taught by approved National Association of Boating Law Administrators
(NASBLA) certified instructors and the course is approved by NASBLA
and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Upon successful
completion of the course the student will receive a state issued Boating Safety Card. Persons
born on or after January 1, 1988 are required to possess a Boater Safety Card to operate
any motorized vessel greater than 10 hp.
To register for a course please contact: Wayne Beard at 386-698-2353.
Note: Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Clay County has more than 10,000 registered vessels.
- President Grover Cleveland fished the St. Johns River and Black Creek, too.
- There are over 35 square miles of waterway in Clay County.
- The Spanish originally named the Black Creek Rio Blanco--"White River".
- Fort Heileman was constructed near the forks of Black Creek in 1836.
- In 1906, a steamship ride from Green Cove Springs to Jacksonville cost .75¢
BOATING SAFETY TIPS:
- Make a "float plan" before going out to let someone know where you'll be and what time
- Take a cellular phone or a VHF radio with you so you can call for assistance.
- Check local weather reports prior to leaving the ramp so you know what to expect.
- Inspect your safety gear and replace any damaged or non-serviceable equipment.
- Make sure you have a properly fitting Personal Flotation Device for every person on board.
- Discuss emergency plans with passengers.
- Consider getting towing insurance.
For more information on boating safety or marine complaints, contact Deputy Chris Castelli at 591-4621. For information about joining the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-05 contact
USCG AUX Flottila firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Tides: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jax/?n=tides