Coast Guard offer new courses

Welcome to the Great Sandy Straits! Coast Guard Tin Can Bay escorts 13 Vessels from B Crawley Marine Riviera in July

Welcome to the Great Sandy Straits! Coast Guard Tin Can Bay escorts 13 Vessels from B Crawley Marine Riviera in July

Phillip Feldman, Flotilla Commander, QF17

QF17 is excited about our new Community Courses, New Incentives for Marine Assist Members, New Raffle Prizes and of course, a new Membership drive.

Public Courses scheduled for August include:

  • First Aid and Resuscitation (Nationally recognised)
  • Introduction to Safe Boating and Emergency Procedures for Inexperienced Mariners
  • Introduction to Navigation (how to use charts and plot courses)
  • Radio Communication (Nationally recognised)

Marine Assist now will be offering three levels of cover, including multiple ‘free’ tows/assists for only $65 per year.  Also, coverage for outside assists (up to 20nm) and special cover for those up to 50nm or extended areas. Furthermore, our cover is recognised by Coast Guard Flotillas not only in Queensland but interstate. You can even join online. Easy peasy!

QF17 is almost 50% complete in our quest to fit a Thermal Imaging Camera on our Primary Rescue Vessel, Cooloola Rescue 3.  Special thanks go to our corporate sponsors and members of the public who have supported us.

When fitted, we will be able to more effectively perform night and poor visibility searches and rescues. This camera will be able to “see” people and objects more than 1 kilometre away when radar would may not. Only $5,000 to go.

We are actively seeking new members who can spare a few hours per month to help with Radio Shifts (training Provided), assist on fundraising projects or even help with maintenance around our base and associated storage facilities. Good fitness is not necessarily a prerequisite.

Finally, our major end of year raffle is about to be released. How would you, your family or friends like to spend three nights aboard a houseboat supplied by Tin Can Bay Houseboats? Yes, you can, ‘Float with the Best’ whilst supporting QF17 in keeping its boats afloat. Keep an eye out for our ticket sellers or drop into the base at Norman Point.

Details about courses, membership, Wide Bay Bar changes or raffle tickets can be secured by phoning us on 5468 4290 or visiting the base anytime between 6am to 6pm.