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.
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.
Yours in scouting.