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When a paddle craft  canoe, kayak, or paddleboard  is found adrift, the first question is whether someone was aboard or whether it simply blew or floated away. Until the latter is confirmed, it must be assumed that someone was aboard and no longer is. A Search and Rescue mission (SAR) by the USCG must go out and search until the owner/operator can be contacted and confirms that the craft was merely adrift and that everyone is safe. This is very costly and may be needless.

The problem is that, unlike sail and power boats, most jurisdictions do not require registration numbers on all paddle craft. Without the familiar state coded numbers and letters on the bow, it is difficult to determine who the owner is and call them, unless they have taken action to identify themselves by putting their name and a telephone number on the craft...Few do.

You can help alleviate this problem by permanently affixing your name, a cell phone number, and a land line telephone number to your craft in a visible place. It doesn’t have to be large, just legible.

You can simply label your vessel by using a magic marker, paint stick, or nail polish on the hull or deck of the paddle craft.

With this identification aboard, a SAR crew finding the craft can immediately call and determine the status of the owner. If no answer, they will perform a standard search, according to conditions. But when the owner is found to be safe, the Coast Guard can save man hours, fuel, and tax dollars available for a true distress situation.



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Novice 1st 8hr course


    We have these boating courses that are GA DNR & NASBLA approved so that you can be in compliance.
    Go to: USCGAUX Safe Boating Courses and sign up today!

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     Effective July 1, 2014, anyone born on or after January 1, 1998, and those turning 16 years old thereafter, must complete a boating education course approved by the Department of Natural Resources prior to operating a motorized vessel on the waters of the state of Georgia.  This includes vessels that are owned, rented or leased.    Exemptions to this portion of the law include: those persons licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard as a master of a vessel, operating the vessel on a private lake or pond, or a nonresident who has proof that they have completed a National Association of State Boat Licensed Administrators approved boater education course or the equivalent from another state. 

    This portion of the law also states that anyone 12 to 15 years old may only operate a Class A vessel if the person has passed an approved safe boater course or is accompanied by a competent adult 18 years of age or older, not under the influence and carrying proper ID.  Any motorized  vessel over 16 ft: Class 1, Class 2, or Class 3 vessels are not to be lawfully operated by anyone younger than 16 years old.




History of why this Georgia boating law


On June 18, 2012, 9 year old Jake Prince and his 13 year old brother, Griffin, were killed on Lake Lanier in North Georgia when a drunken boater collided with their family's pontoon boat. Five others were injured in the accident.
On July 8, 2012, 11 year old Kyle Glover, stepson of sever-time Grammy winner Usher, was left brain dead after a Jet Ski accident on Lake Lanier. Kyle died two weeks later after he was taken off of life support.
These two tragedies were the stimulus for legislation passed this past session strengthening the boating laws in Georgia.
SB 136, also known as the "Jake and Griffin Prince BUI Law," reduces the state's legal blood alcohol limit from 0.10 to 0.08 for boating while under the influence. The bill was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal on April 23rd in a signing ceremony at a marina on Lake Lanier.
This brings the legal intoxication limit for Georgia boaters in line with the limit for operating motor vehicles on the state's roadways. Georgia was only one of eight states that allowed a higher blood-alcohol limit for boating than for driving before this new law.
The new law also prohibits operation while under the influence of any glue, aerosol or other toxic vapor as well as increasing the penalties for those who are charged with boating while intoxicated.
A misdemeanor will now be issued for a first or second conviction, a high and aggravated misdemeanor will be issued for a third conviction and a felony will be issued for a fourth or subsequent conviction. Convictions will include a civil fine, imprisonment, community service, clinical evaluation, possible completion of a DUI Program, and a period of probation.
Also, a person's privileges to operate a vessel will be suspended for three years and will remain in effect until the person can prove they have completed a boating education course and pays a $200 fine or, for repeat offenders, a $500 fine.
Another portion of SB 136 is the "Kyle Glover Boat Education Law," that honors the memory of the 11 year old by increasing the age requirement for a child to wear a personal flotation device (life jacket) while on a moving vessel from 10 to 13 years of age.
Also, effective July 1, 2014, anyone born on or after January 1, 1998, and those turning 16 years old thereafter, must complete a boating education course approved by the Department of Natural Resources prior to operating a motorized vessel on the waters of the state of Georgia. This includes vessels that are owned, rented or leased.
Exemptions to this portion of the law include: those persons licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard as a master of a vessel, operating the vessel on a private lake or pond, or a nonresident who has proof that they have completed a National Association of State Boat Licensed Administrators approved boater education course or the equivalent from another state.
This portion of the law also states that anyone 12 to 15 years old may only operate a Class A vessel if the person is accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older who has completed a boater education course. Class 1, Class 2, or Class 3 vessels are not to be operated by anyone younger than 16 years old.

Your local US Coast Guard Auxiliary 10-10 has the USCG approved boating courses that will fulfill much more than your obligation under the new Georgia law but ours courses are good in all states that require a boater card. Further, we offer you the to our easy to learn instruction, insuring confidence as a safe boater for you and your family!
Our courses are full of local knowledge, we explain federal & state do’s & dont’s that we make easy & fun to understand. Online courses simply can’t supply the hands on, local knowledge that the experienced instructors of the USCGAux provide.
Sometimes rules & regulations can be both boring and overreaching...
boating law, however, is just good common sense!!

Boating is fun...the US Coast Guard Auxiliary
wants you to have fun and stay safe at the same time

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For additional info & questions contact: Dan Hagan at 912-536-3109  or E-mail: hagan_dv@mercer.edu



The captain becomes incapacitated or falls overboard; you purchase a new boat and step  aboard for the first time.
You are...“Suddenly In Command.
This 4-hour boating safety workshop designed for those not generally at the helm, and will help you to know what to do...the basics in case of an emergency.
You will learn about your vessel, including nomenclature and operating principles including starting the engine. Also included are descriptions of what causes boating mishaps and how to minimize them, basic boat handling and what equipment should be on board.
Literature contains many horror stories about a passenger, who does not know how to start the engine or operate the radio, watching in horror as a strong wind blows the boat away faster than a captain who has fallen overboard can swim.
Misfortune occurs in seconds, and you have the rest of your life to be grateful that you knew what to do because you were prepared!
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GEORGIA SHRIMP INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW ( before you eat even 1 more little shrimp )

Shrimp is an American down home favorite, classic fare.  Americans on average eat about four (4) pounds of shrimp, per person, each year. And that amount is ever increasing. Yet even though Brunswick and the Golden Isles was deemed as the “Shrimp Capital of the World” only a few decades ago. Today, there is a skeleton crew working on a few very old boats that are left in a diminishing fleet and many of them may not be fishing before long.
Why: Well just like the sad story of the demise of the family farm, there are several factors that have lead to a perfect storm of negative results for the Georgia shrimp fisherman. 

Not mincing words, this gloomy decline is mainly due to the abundance of cheap, unregulated, imported farm raised shrimp that is putting our local fishermen at a total disadvantage and pricing their superior wild caught, sweet Georgia White Shrimp out of the national marketplace and even within their uninformed neighbors in the Golden Isles!  Fuel prices, licenses, fees, boat maintenance and many regulations from various government agencies are absolutely taking an economic toll on these hard working trawler fishermen’s ability to glean even a respectable living anymore. 

After WWII, Brunswick, Georgia was at the forefront of the shrimping industry and was even referred to as the “Seafood Capital of the World”. By 1960, more than 16 million pounds of shrimp were harvested in Coastal Georgia. Nowadays, however, annual harvests average at about 1.5 million pounds due to the inferior quality of farm-raised shrimp brought in from virtually unregulated overseas food industries made possible by free trade agreements. Also policies that resulted from legislature like the Marsh Protection Act have hampered local harvesting.  What’s worse, the harvest price our local Georgia shrimper receives for his quality catch is the lowest per pound in memory!

Consider this from www.foodsafetynews.com : “Nearly all (94 percent) of the raw shrimp available in the U.S. are farmed in Asian countries, including Thailand, Vietnam, India and Indonesia.  Because of the crowded and polluted conditions that typically exist in fish-farming ponds or tanks, the shrimp are often given antibiotics such as tetracyclines, which is illegal in shrimp imported to the U.S. The FDA examined 3.7 percent of foreign shrimp shipments in 2014 and tested 0.7 percent. Raw, farmed shrimp from Bangladesh and India were the most likely to carry bacteria, with 83 and 74 percent tainted, respectively.” So even though the FDA randomly checks the ships before it unloads, they only inspect 3.7% of the shipments! This is not a pretty picture folks.
Most people are unaware of how nasty these Asian fish and shrimp ponds are. These low-grade and potential hazardous shrimp are sold by most all of the big box grocery, wholesale mega stores and chain restaurants because of their cheap price and abundance.  I personally love shrimp but will not stoop to consume the horrific mess to Americans health and economic well being this so-called “free trade” has created in almost every industry.
But right here in the Golden Isles, we are blessed with a wealth of clean Wild Georgia White Shrimp that informed locals swear by. Most of our Golden Isles eaterys serve them because their “in the know” customers demand it. Many distant finer restaurants still serve them to their discriminating diners as well. The quality found in the sweet taste and texture difference of Coastal Georgia wild shrimp is unmistakable!
There is absolutely nothing like those straight out of our rich, Atlantic coastal waters, fresh from the trawlers net, plump beauties thriving off our own Georgia coast. 2015 Consumer Reports attests that wild caught South East Atlantic Shrimp are of the highest quality available in the USA.  But ask any seasoned local shrimper and he can tell you the full story of exactly why they taste so good.
Georgia shrimpers are proud of the work they do. It’s certainly not a flashy profession. Many have done it all their lives and have seen much better economic reward but they are still hopeful for better times to come.
Tell everybody…Let’s keep it local by doing ourselves, our families and friends a flavorful favor while supporting our neighbors, the hard, long hour working local Georgia fishermen and their families, by insisting on buying and enjoying those local Wild Georgia Shrimp.  Grassroots campaigns and word of mouth are a wonderful way to save this historic American/Coastal Georgian industry that wants to continue to provide our favorite first class seafood.
Your neighborhood Golden Isles fish markets should all sell Wild Caught Georgia Shrimp. Sometimes you can buy them right off the boat. Also make sure you get those big, juicy and tender morsels on your plate in your favorite restaurant too. Look for the certified “Wild Georgia Shrimp” decal on the door or in the establishments you do business with. 
Step up further and educate your friends about the many yummy benefits of eating local Wild Georgia Shrimp!
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Facts in this writing were taken from various online industry publications, personal research and interview studies. Arlene Ingram

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