In 2018, operators of watercraft will be required to have a California Boating Card, and for those looking to get a jump on the new legislation, the Pacific Coast Water Rescue (PCWR), a subsidiary of the Discovery Bay Community Foundation, will offer a series of safe power-boat handling classes for the community at large.
“We have needed a boating-safety course in Discovery Bay for years, since anyone in California who is 16 years old can get in a boat or personal watercraft and hit the Delta without any knowledge of boat handling, rules and regulations or navigation,” said Jim Mattison of Discovery Bay Community Foundation.
This 16-hour, three-day, hands-on course is approved by U.S. Powerboating and National Association of State Boating Law administrators and will be held on July 9, 10 and 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Discovery Bay Yacht Club. Sessions will include information on engine and electrical systems, starting procedures, docking, leaving and returning to slips, close-quarters maneuvers, anchoring, steering a range, proceeding to a destination and rescue of individuals from the water.
Participants who successfully complete the course, will receive their California Boating Card and will also be eligible for a discount on their insurance.
Along with offering CPR classes, hazmat training and boating-safety courses – including water rescue classes – PCWR has partnered with Inflatable Boat Specialists in Ventura which has lent PCWR two boats for a multitude of training purposes in the Bay Area.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the DBCF.