burgee Santa Margarita Yacht Club
  Located on Camp Pendleton
  P.O. Box 2043
  Oceanside, CA 92051

Archived Safety
articles and Quiz


New link AO 4/4/14 
Click here to read tips and best practices for changing your engine's oil from Don Casey.

For classes not offered by the Marina The US Power Squadron
 has Seminars  open to non-members)more


Take the safety Quiz #2.



Paddle Away! 

Paddlecraft are growing in popularity on California’s waterways.
A paddlecraft is a water vessel that is propelled with a – you guessed it – a paddle! Kayaks, standup paddleboards, rafts and canoes are all examples of paddlecraft. Over the past few years, the number of boat accidents that involved paddlecraft has risen with their popularity, mostly due to operator inexperience and lack of attention.

So please, remember to stay safe this summer, take a boating safety course, and Wear it California!



Paddling on kayaks, canoes, and standup paddleboards is a great way to have fun on the water! Do you know the basics of boat, personal, and water safety when out on your paddlecraft? What safety precautions should you take when out on whitewater rivers and streams? Check out the paddlecraft pages 79-86 within the DBW Boating Safety Course to learn or refresh your safety knowledge.


Tip #6 – Stow it, do not throw it!

Keep your trash on-board. Never throw cigarette butts, fishing line, or any other garbage into our waterways…

Remember that Clean is Cool! Follow the link to find 10 easy tips for making boating Clean and Green a part of your plan.

Thanks to Linda Loftis for this article

Local & other Boating Safety Courses

The following three organizations are good place to learn boating skills, from basic to the most advanced. Contact your Safety and Education Chair for help in finding the course that is right for you.


MCCS Camp Pendleton – Marina conducts ongoing boating courses to authorized patrons. These include: basic sailing, intermediate sailing, coastal navigation, spinnaker sailing, youth sailing and advanced youth sailing. Dates and times for these courses are listed on the following website:


San Luis Rey Sail & Power Squadron conducts boating safety courses and seminars open to the public are listed on the following website:



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