Safe Boating at BMCC

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On Saturday January 10, Village Community Boathouse co-sponsored the 5th Annual NY State Boating Safety course at BMCC with instructor Brendan Malone. After 8 hours of instruction, nineteen youth and adults passed the exam and will receive NYS certificate cards and/or anchors on NYS drivers licenses indicating their status as Safe Boaters!
Because the New York Safe Boating Course is NASBLA approved (National Association of Boating Law Administrators), the Boating Safety certificate cards are accepted in other states and Canada too. This credential is critical to VCB’s continuing safe operations, and the course is recommended for all coxswains and frequent boaters.
Imrul Islam, current BMCC club president, commented, “The other students and I were thrilled to have the opportunity to get our safe boating course certifications. I feel confident now that I know more about safety practices while on a boat. I recommend anyone that enjoys being on the water to get their safe boating course certification. A great skipper is the one who is always trying to learn more about safety procedures.”

From BMCC Safe Boating

Brendan Malone, Marine Technology Teacher, and Department Co-Chair for Career Technology Education (CTE) at the New York Harbor High School on Governors Island, is NYS certified to teach the course.

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Brendan Malone teaching safe boating practices to a rapt audience.

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BMCC Rowing Club, Co-sponsors of the Safe Boating Course, has been a presence at the Pier 40 Boathouse since the club was founded in Spring 2009 by high school rower, then BMCC coxswain, Suresh Ramdhanie. Faculty member Mary Nell Hawk, coach and rowing coxswain, has advised the club since Fall 2010.For more information on BMCC clubs, see http://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/studentactivities/

Gunning Dory Rollover

From Tuning the Gunning Dory

VCB volunteers, including students from the New School Mariners Class, high school and college community rowers joined forces with community boatbuilders to roll over VCB newest boat in the making. The hull is finished but there is still lots of work to do on the inside- inwales, risers, seats, foot stretchers. Then we have to sand it, paint it and name it. The New School contingent who worked on the dory as part of their Mariners Class have proposed that she be named “Gold Rush.”

Community Boatbuilding & Repair sessions will continue through the winter on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm and Sundays at noon. All are welcome. Contact Rob Buchanan or Sally Curtis at info@villagecommunityboathouse.org.