Letters to the Editor

Power Squadrons teach boating safety

The July 11-12 weekend was a busy one for members of the local United States Power Squadrons unit, all volunteers with the Bellingham Squadron. With thanks to the City of Blaine Parks Department and the Port of Bellingham in Blaine, we were fortunate to have city and port facilities to pursue our marine-related educational outreach.

On Saturday morning a dozen Power Squadron members acted as instructors and safety guides for over 30 members of the public who learned how to use the marine distress flares they are required to carry on board their boats. The Blaine Marine Park was the perfect classroom, as they each ignited several of the different types of pyrotechnic devices. This was conducted under close supervision of a Power Squadron monitor.

On Saturday afternoon, the Port of Bellingham in Blaine set aside the visitors’ dock to create “classrooms” on boats for a series of marine educational seminars called Sea Skills North. Over eight volunteer Power Squadron instructors offered short courses. Some examples: Blaine residents Tom and Penny Dalgliesh used their ketch Waverley to demonstrate docking using spring lines. Bellingham’s David Wright demonstrated use of a vessel’s VHF radio to hail another boat.

For information go to boatingisfun.org, or contact me: education@boatingisfun.org.

Graham Hunter