Tuesday, December 6, 2011

             CLASS SCHEDULE FOR 2012

See notes below for area contact information and instructor resumes
Area   Instructor   Date                                     Class
1          several      March 6 & 8........................About Boating safely (2 sessions)
1          3                April 10th............................Suddenly in Command (First Mates)
2          Several     April 10 & 11......................About Boating Safety
2          1                April 17...............................Personal Watercraft and Water Sports

2          7                April 19...............................Boating safely for Fishing & Hunting
2          1                April 24...............................PaddleSports (Canoes and Kayaks)
2          1                May 2 & 3...........................Marlinspike Seamanship: Lines, Knots and Splices
2          6                May 9..................................Suddenly in Command (First Mates)
2          4                May 17 & 18.......................Weekend Navigator - Basic Navigation
2          2                May 21 & 22.. ...................GPS for the Tennessee Boater
2          5                May 24................................Practical GPS Navigation(hands on)
2          8                June 1..................................Pontoon fun and family safety
2          9                June 4 & 6...........................Boating Adventures on the TN River
4          Several     June 18 & 19......................About Boating Safely (Kingston, TN)
2          6               June 23................................Suddenly in Command
2          4               July 10 & 11.......................Weekend Navigator - Basic Navigation
2          2               July 16 & 17.......................GPS for the Tennessee Boater
2          5               July 19................................Practical GPS Navigation(hands on)
2          Several    Aug 6 & 7...........................About Boating Safely
2          7               Sept 11................................Boating Safely for Fishing & Hunting

Please look for more updates as the year continues.


1    Flotilla 12-1  Ft Loudon Lake Area
      PE Contact: Tom Walsh
      Telephone: 865-279-7904
      E-mail: magellan1@bellsouth.net

2    Flotilla 12-2 Tellico Lake Area
      Tellico Village
      PE Contact: John McCarthy
      Telephone: 865-742-3366
      E-mail: flotilla12.2.tellico.village@gmail.com

3    Flotilla 12-3 Ft Loudon Lake Area
      PE Contact: Christy Walsh
      Telephone: 865-279-7904
      E-mail: magellan@bellsouth.net

4    Flotilla 12-2 Watts Bar Lake Area
      Contact: Bill White
      Telephone: 865-376-4822
      E-mail: whitebill1220@yahoo.com

5    Flotilla 12-5 Norris Lake Area
      Contact: Nancy V. Magnon
      Telephone: 423-562-2358
      E-mail: nancymagnon@gmail.com

7    Flotilla 12-7 Morristown Area
      Contact: Robert O. Bruce
      Telephone: 423-989-3240
      E-mail: ecurbbob@gmail.com


Dates: March 6 & 8 (2 three hour sessions)
Location: Blount Wellness Center
                  220 Associates Blvd., Alcoa, TN
Time: 6 to 9 PM, each day (2 three hour sessions)
Cost: $ 35.00 including text, exam & certificate
*$15 CHARGE for 12-  21 year-olds who must comply with TN Mandatory Boater Education Law

This boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Successful completion of the course and multiple choice exam will earn you a safe boating certificate. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely.

• 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 Law - 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.

• Hunting and Fishing, Water-skiing and River Boating - Carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat; fishing from a boat; water-skiing safety guidelines and hand signals; water-skiing with a PWC; navigating rivers, and other boating tips.

Pontoon Family Fun and Safety

Dates: June 1, 2012
Location: Tellico Yacht Club, Top Floor          

Time: 2 to 5 PM
Cost: $20.00

Pontoon boats are a popular boating choice because of their relatively lower cost for both new and used models. There is something out there for nearly every budget. They offer large deck space with comfortable accommodations and can be equipped to meet a multitude of applications. They are often called a “party barge” and that name alone signifies the majority application for this versatile watercraft.
Topics include
· Selection and equipping your pontoon for your needs.
· Learn your limits – people capacity, draft, fuel and other critical considerations.
· Safety equipment and Communications.
· Personal floatation and family safety. Special considerations for Children.
· Where to go and how to get there – basic planning and charts.
· Proper anchoring techniques and rafting up safely with friends.
· Keeping your cool - Protection from the sun – manage your exposure.
· Let’s have fun, pontoon picnics and social activities.
· Entertaining onboard, food storage, cooking and drinking.
· Responsible drinking and State laws and limits.
· In water toys, games and safety.
· Propeller blade safety and other water-play issues.
· Getting home safely.

MARLINSPIKE SEAMANSHIP: Lines, Knots and Splices

Dates: May 2 & 3, 2012

Location: Tellico Yacht Club, Top Floor
Time: 2 to 5 PM
Cost: $20.00
Comments from our About Boating Safely (ABS) class indicate that students want more time to learn and practice knots and generally learn more about working with lines. Marlinspike Seamanship answers that need and includes more knots, bends and hitches, line splicing and other marine line knowledge. Splicing skills allow boaters to prepare custom-made lines for their boat, or for repairing lines that have damaged sections.
Topics include:

· Line Knowledge - twisted, braided, nylon, dacron, polyproplene, line size, strength and other details.

· Line Maintenance - Keeping your lines in good shape.
· Knots, bends and hitches - what is the difference and how are they applied.

· Knots - including the bowline(king of knots), square knot(aka reef knot) and many other practical knots and how to use them.

Bends - including the sheet bend (aka becket bend) for tying two lines together.

· H
itches - including the clove hitch(for tying fenders to the rails), cleat hitch for tying a boat to a dock

· Splicing lines - loops, back splices, anchor splice and other spices for making dock lines and other practical applications. Every student will leave class with their own hand-made dock line for their boat.


Date:          May 21 & 22, and July 16 & 17, 2012
Location:   Tellico Village yacht Club, top floor
Time:          2 to 5 PM
Cost:           $30.00*
Couples may attend for a single $30.00 course fee if they share the textbook.

Learn about how a GPS will add value to your TN River boating experience. Two, two–hour session’s cover how a GPS works, how to find your position and the position where you want to go, waypoint and route setup and use, practical navigation tips and purchase considerations. The course is interactive; the student works simple navigational problems using a chart (supplied) of a portion of the TN and Little TN Rivers while instructors lend a helping hand as needed. Students are encouraged to bring a portable GPS. The course is based upon a generic GPS; a student is usually able to work the classroom problems using their own equipment which prepares them to take what they learn in class and immediately use it on their own boat.

Date: April 10th
Location:Blount Wellness Center
                 220 Associates Blvd., Alcoa, TN
Time:       6 to 9 PM
Cost:        $20.00

Your captain becomes incapacitated or falls overboard.

You’re the First Mate and find yourself suddenly in command. What can you do? Where are you? What are the priorities? Are you prepared?

This unique 3-hour boating class is designed for those not generally at the helm, and will help you to “be prepared” with practical knowledge skills to apply in case of an emergency.

Pat Rule is not only our instructor for Suddenly in Command, she actually created this class. Pat is an experienced, qualified Coast Guard Auxiliary Coxswain (CAPTAIN) and will help you acquire the knowledge and confidence to better enjoy your boating experience and take command, if needed,in an emergency.
Date: To be scheduled
Location: To be scheduled
Time: To be scheduled
Cost: $10.00
Canoeists and kayakers are boaters also. Now, there is a  course available to address the unique needs of this audience. Paddlesports America is an exciting safety course designed to attract the novice to intermediate paddle enthusiasts. This three-hour course presents five chapters of safety information.

Topics include
Know Your Paddlecraft - parts of a canoe and kayak; understanding paddlecraft characteristics such as basic types, hull shapes hull materials, lengths and widths and weights; selecting your paddle for both canoe and kayak.
Before You Get Underway - knowing your paddlecraft’s capacity and how to file a float plan; transporting your paddlecraft; conducting a pre-departure check; dressing for a safe trip; loading gear in a canoe or kayak; storing paddle craft; the responsibilities when paddling with others.
Operating Your Boat Safely - how to enter and exit a canoe or kayak safely; securing the paddlecraft and sharing the waterways with others; the U. S. Aids to Navigation System (ATONS); learning about local hazards on waterways.
The Legal Requirements of Boating -vessel registration, hull identification numbers and who may operate a paddlecraft; unlawful operation of paddlecraft; Homeland Security restrictions; policies on alcohol and drugs. Life jackets; navigation lights; sound-producing devices and visual distress signals; protection of environment and what to do if in a boating accident. State specific information may be added at the end of this chapter.
Boating emergencies… What to Do - minimizing the risk of drowning, capsizing, swamping or falling overboard; emergency techniques; how to deal with cold water immersion and hypothermia; understanding heat related illness; dehydration; handling weather emergencies.
1. Bill Fink - Auxiliary Instructor Bill Fink has enjoyed a lifelong passion for boats and activities on the water.   He joined the Auxiliary after a career in international management and has shared his interest in boats and boating though numerous training and classroom interactions.  He is a United States Merchant Marine 100Ton Master Captain and holds Coast Guard Coxswain ratings in both Tennessee River area and the Great Lakes of Michigan.   He is a Pilot, Open Water Diver, Swimmer, Sailor, Kayaker, and has an opinion on everything nautical.  Bill and wife Gerda moved to Tellico Village after spending two years living and cruising the United States aboard their trawler.   

2. Edmund H. Smith, Jr. has a GPS background that spans more than two decades. Ten years ago, Ed co-authored a textbook on marine electronic navigation. That textbook was been used by the United States Power and Sail Squadrons (USPS) as part of their member education program. He is an experienced recreational boating lecturer having given numerous presentations over the years to yacht clubs, civic associations, boating clubs, USPS and the USCG Auxiliary. Ed is known for his ability to describe complex subjects such that a non-technical person can understand and apply what he is teaching. He has owned a number of boats, both power and sail, on which he has done extensive personal cruising, is a USCG Auxiliary Coxswain (patrol boat commander), has qualified as a USPS Senior Navigator and has held a USCG Merchant Marine Captain’s License.

3.  Pat Rule - Pat Rule is an avid boater. . She and her husband Bill Barkley joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary to participate in the on the water training the Auxiliary offered. When they joined, Pat was a new wife with minimal boating experience who had recently married a life-long boater. She earned her coxswain 2 years after joining the Auxiliary and has since trained many auxiliary coxswain and crew candidates for the last 13 years. Pat also enjoys sharing her love of boating as a master instructor in the Auxiliary’s public education programs. She has been an active participant in helping to form and train the new Auxiliary Flotilla on Norris Lake.
She started out as someone who was afraid to drive the boat and knew nothing about how they worked.  She has logged many thousands of hours on boats. Her experience includes several vacations with friends and family bare boating in the Virgin Islands, Belize, Abaco- Bahamas, and the Florida Keys. She enjoys boating on the inland waterways. Past trips include parts of the Ohio River, most of the Cumberland River. Her favorite river is the Tennessee River and she has logged at least 6 trips to Kentucky Lake and back (yes she can lock thru as captain or as crew) and many other trips down stream.  Her latest trip was as a participant in the Tennessee River 600. (Jet Ski charity event/ vacation that runs the Tennessee river from MM 648 to MM 67 over 7 days.) Her personal boating goals include doing the “Great Loop”, taking “their” boat to the Bahamas, and enjoying weekends at anchor with friends in Tennessee. However she feels her biggest accomplishment in boating is that she can confidently handle her own boat, single handed.

 4. Wayne Schnell - Wayne Schnell is the Flotilla Commander for the Tellico Village Flotilla, Vessel Examiner, Program Visitor, and Member Training officer.  He is a very experience boater that grew up on the water in New Orleans, Louisiana and has had many different types of boats.  He is also a qualified instructor that taught science in Junior High School, and was a Command Air Force instructor pilot for a good portion of his 21 year Air Force career.   He is not only a classroom instructor, but is also an on the water instructor and has trained seven crew and three coxswains for successful check rides. His house and boat dock is considered the local Coast Guard Auxiliary Training Facility.   He even was able to train his dog “Chuckie” to drive the boat as you can see in this photo.