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Gold Beach Offers Top Training Conditions for Marine Law Enforcement
For Immediate Release -8/30/11
It’s that time of year when marine law enforcement from around the state get their feet wet for the Marine Board’s annual whitewater jet boat training on the Rogue River.  Marine law enforcement personnel from around the state will be training on the river at Gold Beach from September 12-15.
The training focuses on honing boat operating skills from safe trailering to controlled spins and emergency stops.  “We are advising boater in the area to stay clear for safety sake,” says Dale Flowers, Law Enforcement Training Coordinator for the Marine Board.  “We’re hoping to have a minimal impact on recreation, but boaters need to be aware that the performance objectives will require extreme focus by the students -the wider the berth, the better.”  Students who attend the Marine Board’s Whitewater Jet Boat Training bring a range of skills from the novice operator to advanced operator.  “One of the goals of the training is to pair up an experienced marine deputy with a new jet boat operator.  It turns out to be a tremendous learning opportunity for everyone who participates,” Flowers adds.
Signs will be posted at local access sites about the training operations and notices have also been sent to all the registered fishing guides in the area.  In addition to boat handling exercises in whitewater conditions, marine deputies also learn how to disassemble, service and reassemble jet pumps, learn anchoring and chalking techniques and how to navigate all stages of whitewater rapids.  “The training is necessary to ensure that help is there when boaters need it,” Flowers says.
For more information about the Marine Law Enforcement Whitewater Jet Boat Training, visit www.boatoregon.com/OSMB/BoatLaws/docs/NOTICETOBOATERSGOLDBEACH2011.pdf.