Safety at Sea San Francisco

Flare practice at Safety at Sea San Francisco.

Flare practice at Safety at Sea San Francisco.

One of the most exciting programs offered to Sea Scouts around the country is Safety at Sea. Safety at Sea is a day or weekend long event where Sea Scouts partner up with the US Coast Guard to learn about maritime safety. Sounds boring, right? Not so, the best part about Safety at Sea is that you are not just learning you are doing! From steering a fast response Coast Guard Vessel, to lighting flares, patching pipes, extinguishing fires, firehose practice, swimming in survival suits,  to maritime law enforcement, and so much more Sea Scouts get first hand experience to prepare them for any maritime emergency.

Safety at Sea FirehoseIn San Francisco Bay, Safety At Sea is held on Yerba Buena Island and has been a part of scouting the Western Region’s Area 3 for over two decades. This year we were fortunate enough to have a unit from Klamath Falls, Oregon to join us as well. As a volunteer I was assisting in the flashpan event where we teach the youth to properly use a fire extinguisher and the concept of rigging a tow.
Both of these concepts are pivotal in a maritime environment. There are many other events, such as operating a dewatering pump and a simulated damage control event. These events go a long way in preparing our youth to respond to emergency situations in as calm a manner as possible as well as knowing the proper responses for situations. Safety At Sea has had it’s share of fair and foul weather years and it’s the foul years that test the knowledge learned each year on the island.
If you want to learn more about Safety at Sea check out this video created by the Western Region Commodore or check out #SafetyAtSea on Instagram!


Cat Murphy-Bevan
Western Region Boatswain

Inland Safety at Sea Weekends are Possible!

Hello fellow Sea Scouts,

Over the weekend of August 5-7, 2011, our Ship 911, the SSS Patriot of Pottsboro Texas hosted a two day inland Safety at Sea event on Lake Texoma. 79 registered Sea Scouts and leaders attended the event from six ships as far north as Oklahoma City and as far south as Georgetown Texas.

As far as we know, this was the first Safety at Sea event that has been held inland, and the second that was not on a Coast Guard base. [Note: 2001 Safety at Sea in San Francisco Bay was held in the Port of Redwood City the month after September 11, due to enhanced security].

The first Texoma Safety at Sea was accomplished with assistance and resources of 10 agencies which included the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, US Army Corps of Engineer Rangers, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Wardens, Texas Department of Public Safety Pilots, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lake Patrol Troopers, American Red Cross, and the Sherman, Denison, Pottsboro, and Preston Fire Departments.  We also received a one hour visit from our local US Navy recruiters.

Sea Scouts Learning the Capabilities of the P6 Pump, the de-watering device used by the Coast Guard

The Sea Scouts received hands on training in P6 pumps, Hypothermia, Fire Extinguishers, Fire hoses, Law Enforcement patrol, Man over board-life saving, Flare and distress signal devices, and a seminars on PFD & Buoys.

The highlight of the opening ceremony was when the Texas Department of Public Safety conducted an air water rescue recovery from their helicopter with one of their divers.

We would like to challenge other Sea Scout units to host inland Safety at Sea events for our 100 year Sea Scout anniversary. If you need any assistance or advice, please let us know. We hope to host another event in mid June of 2012 to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Sea Scouts in the United States. The US Coast Guard from Houston and Galveston have already committed to be there next summer if we hold an event.

You may view videos and photos at the links below.

Safety at Sea training | NewsOK Videos.

Texoma Safety at Sea Photos

Yours in scouting.

Elijah Thomas


Ship 911

SSS Patriot


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