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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Training Students in Alpena


ALPENA, MI – MIHeadlines caught up with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service US-FishAndWildlifeService-Logo

today at the Alpena Small Boat Harbor for an exclusive interview.

Dave Wedan with the La Crosse Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office sat down with us and discussed the training that is taking place in Alpena this week with 9 students and 4 instructors.

The students are from as far away as  Columbia, Missouri, Carterville, Illinois & Green Bay, Wisconsin.

During the week the Midwest Region’s Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC) Instructor team conducts a Motorboat Operator Instructor Certification Course (MOICC). The nine Department of Interior (DOI) students are mentored and certified in Watercraft Safety.

Alpena is part of the 8 state Midwest Region with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The Midwest Region is a Service and DOI leader in watercraft safety course development, and has been providing employees with watercraft safety training since 1991. The basic 24-hour Motorboat Operator Certification Course, (MOCC), is mandatory for all employees and volunteers who operate a Service motorboat.

The following is a list of topics covered during the course: DOI and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) Policy, Planning and Conducting a Course, Emergency Procedures, Rules of the Road /Aids to Navigation, Instructional Techniques, Testing and Evaluation, Marlinspike, Boat Orientation, Visual Distress Signals, Trailering, On the Water Boat Handling, Survival Techniques, Required and Recommended Equipment, Float Plans and GAR Model, Towing, and Trailer Orientation.

The students and instructors have the Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office to use for resources while in the area.

In Michigan, who needs to take a Boater Safety Course?  Michigan conservation officers and Michigan county sheriffs encourage all persons operating boats in Michigan to enroll in a boating safety course.

Search for a Boating Safety Class in your area from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Auxiliary teaches the Michigan DNR Boat Michigan approved basic boating safety course. They also offer an 8 hour About Boating Safety Class which is Michigan and NASBLA approved, and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard. Upon successful completion of either class students will be issued a boating safety certificate.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boating safety courses provide instruction to boaters at all levels, from the fundamental to the advanced courses for experienced boaters. Their classes are taught by experienced and knowledgeable instructors committed to the highest standards of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Recently, WXYZ Detroit aired information about the use of a jet ski and knowing what the laws are regarding them.  You might be surprised to learn the age requirements pertaining to them.  Know the laws or you could be in legal trouble.

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