Category Archives: Training


The Good Samaritan law protects you if you don’t go beyond the scope of your training. As long as you only advise and act upon what you’ve learned, you can’t be sued. When a person is unconscious and not breathing permission is implied. Make sure you explain everything as you’re doing each step and ask for confirmation. You’ll also want to state that you’re going to call the next level of care.

Emergencies come in many shapes and sizes – some man-made, others acts of nature. While it is impossible to control every outcome, education and planning can help you feel more confident that you and your loved ones will have the skills needed to cope. The American Red Cross offers a robust library of tips and checklists to help you before, during and after an emergency.

Did you know the US Coast Guard requires everyone wanting to get and maintain a Coast Guard license to complete CPR, First Aid, and AED training? They further recommend that all boaters be trained in CPR, First Aid, and AED, plus have a first aid kit and AED aboard their boats.

The following is a list of classes that are available to boaters:


First Aid

AED (Automatic Electronic Defribillator)

NASBLA – boat safety

In the CPR and First Aid class you’ll learn:

  • CPR for Adults, Children, and Infants
  • Use of AED (Automatic External Defibrillator)
  • First Aid Basics
  • Medical Emergencies as they pertain to being on a boat

Upon successful completion you will receive a certification from the American Red Cross. This card is good for two years.

To learn more about these classes or to schedule a class for your group send an email to:

Robin @  or call 339-532-8334


Publish Your Travel Log Class

Starts Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 7:00pm

Publish Your Travel Log Class

Hello Robin,

I just wanted to let you know that HarborCOV and the advisory group are really appreciative of the service you provided them. You did a great job teaching the group members different writing techniques and I believe they will continue to use them in their daily lives. They had a great time working with you. Anytime you want to come back or would like to share any upcoming projects that you are working on, you are more than welcomed to contact us.  

~ Jasmine ~
HarborCov, Chelsea, MA 

2010 Expert Speaker Series

The Nautical Lifestyle (TNL) has been extremely busy lining up a great series of expert speakers in the boating industry. Here’s our lineup of speakers including topics:

Mike Smith of Global Marine Insurance talks about the Federal Maritime Laws and how they dictate what’s required on your boat owner’s insurance policy. He also discusses how to read your policy and why agreed value is a better deal.

Buying A Boat
When it comes to buying a boat, the most important thing to do is include your spouse, significant other and family members in the buying process. Capt. Chris Kourtakis, of H2o Limos explains why this is so important and how it affects the type of boat you’ll buy.

Renting Your Boat
Whether you own your own boat and want to rent it out, or just looking to rent a boat during the season, Brian Stefka of walks you through the process.

Marine Surveys
It’s always a good idea to get a marine survey done on a boat you are seriously considering buying. Insurance companies require it and so do some banks depending on the type of financing you are getting. Rob Scanlon of talks about the various surveys and what to expect from your hired surveyor.

Custom Electrical and Instumental Panels including Wiring Harnesses
Ocassionally electrical requirements change and when they do, you want to make sure you upgrade your electrical panels to handle them. Depending on how many changes you make, it might be easier to have a custom electrical or instrumental panel made just for you. Mark Rogers of talks about how easy this is to do and what to keep in mind when having a new panel designed for your boat.

Digital Selective Calling, The Automated Identification System and Automated Radio Checks
Search and Rescue (SAR) is one of the most important procedures that involves everyone on your boat. Modern technology is making it easier and easier for everyone to be rescued in a timely manner. Captain Chris Kourtakis of discusses just what all those acronymns mean, how they work and what you need to do to be proactive in getting found in an emergency.

Bad Storms, Heavy Weather
It’s a lot of fun being out on the waters in your boat. But, every so often, there’s a storm that comes through with the potential of ruining your day. Timothy Wyand, writer for, gives us insight on the different types of bad storms and what to pay attention to.

Emergency Positioning Radio Beacons
If you only had three steps in faciliating a SAR mission, making sure you bought and registered an EPIRB would be considered the final step. Alan Sorum, featured writer for, walks us through how an EPIRB works in a Search and Rescue mission.

As in any major purchase, figuring out the best way to pay for your boat and how much you can afford takes some homework. The rules have changed since 2007, but for the better. Jim Coburn of Coburn Associates walks us through the steps of financing your boat, what’s expected from the banking institutions, types of interest rates available, and more importantly, what not to do to lower your credit score.

Sailing isn’t just about monohulls anymore. Two new categories that are taking over our waters are the catamaran and trimaran. Jim Brown, marine architect and boat builder, tells us stories about how these multhulls have transformed from early days. Jim also gives us great insight as to which multihull will be around for a long time to come and why.

Making a Living as a Sailor
The pay still isn’t as high as other professional sports, but it’s getting there.  According to Brian Hancock, if you have the skill and the time – you can make a decent living sailing the ocean blue. Brian is arguably one of the most experienced offshore sailors in the United States, logging over a quarter million offshore miles racing both fully crewed and solo.

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