LA Boating Safety Class

  • June 21, 2014 · 8:00 AM
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Meets requirements for boating education for the State of LA, and all other 47 states that require boating education (Operators must have a NASBLA course to operate a boat with a motor exceeding 10hp if born after 1984 -- but the class is great for anyone over the age of 12.) FREE and tailored to sailors. Debbie Huntsman, Instructor

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  • Debbie H

    If you just looked outside. Pop up storms, common in warm weather, are pretty unpredictable. That's what makes them dangerous. The Race Committee made a tough call on Wednesday, as the nice weather hole looked like it would be fine. If you were around the lake just about the time racers would have been rounding J though, shutting it down seemed pretty dang smart. Just after 7pm being on a sailboat would have been really unpleasant and dangerous.
    If you would not chance an hour long walk in the weather conditions -- holding a golf club over your head -- certainly don't get on a sailboat!
    I take a on scene look at the lake before I go, but in this case I may have climbed aboard the committee boat if I hadn't seen the radar. It actually looked fair....but for the big radar blob we couldn't see. Glad the RC had such good sense.

    June 26

  • Alexis

    Hi - I'm planning to come to the Wednesday races after work tomorrow. The last 2 days, the weather has been bad at 5 PM. Will the event get cancelled if there are thunderstorms, and how will we know - is there a number to call to check, if it looks bad? Thanks.

    June 24

  • Debbie H

    Great to know boaters who take the course will have a safer lifetime of boating ahead of them. I applaud anyone who invests a day to learn such things as the rules of the road, good seamanship practices, boating laws and the reasoning behind them.

    June 22

  • Angie E.

    I forgot to mention the tons of additional references Ed and Debbie provided to seek out more info today....like Coastal Pilot , which consists of a series of nautical books that cover a variety of information important to navigators of coastal and intracoastal waters and the Great Lakes. Issued in nine volumes, they contain supplemental information that is difficult to portray on a nautical chart. Coastal Pilot 5 covers the Gulf Coast. Here's the link for a free downloadable copy: http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/cpdownload.htm
    Thanks again, Ed and Debbie Huntsman!!

    June 21

  • Angie E.

    I was really pleasantly surprised how much information there was contained in this one-day course, and must say it was well worth it. Our tax dollars at work!! Ed and Debbie did a bang-up job. Ansalette brought her daughter, which was real nice to see - I think the only attendee that really required certification (I would guess most of us were over 30 (maybe not....), but we all learned a lot - the main idea. Ed had me inflate a PFD. I am quite upset I have no pictures. Next time we meet....will someone remind me to take pictures!!!!!???????

    June 21

  • Alexis

    Could you clarify the time for me as well - this says 8 AM, but my confirmation for the class says 1 PM.

    June 19

    • Debbie H

      it is at 8 am.

      June 20

    • Angie E.

      Alexis, I am not sure why the confirmation says 1 pm. I will try to fix that. See you at 8 am!

      June 20

  • Alexis

    Hi! What do we need to bring and what do we need to wear for the class?

    June 19

    • Debbie H

      There will be no coffee -- so bring your own. You are welcome to stay for lunch if you want to bring a sack lunch. A pencil with an eraser. We furnish books and all other materials. Looking forward to meeting you.

      June 20

  • Debbie H

    Taking a NASBLA approved course is a great way to get a start in sailing. You will learn things most sailors miss out on if they only learn by experience racing and never take a Coast Guard approved classroom course. And the successful completion of the course will gain you a Louisiana boating card so you can legally operate a boat with a motor 10hp or greater. If you were born after 1984 and crew on or own a sail boat with a motor you should take this course!

    June 16

  • Debbie H

    I'm one of the instructors, along with the Coast Guard Recreational Boating Safety Specialist, Ed, my husband. This will be the second LA class I have taught. I'm excited to have sailors in the class. I'm sure I'll learn something from them.

    June 9

  • Angie E.

    Hosted by Debbie Huntsman

    June 8

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