CKS students complete boat training

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By Ceday Key School Journalism Class

A team of volunteers from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary gave up their day on Feb. 26 to help Cedar Key School students in the first S.A.L.T. course complete the comprehensive Boating Skills and Seamanship Course.


S.A.L.T. stands for Sharks Aquaculture Life Training and is being offered for the first time this year to help prepare students for careers in aquaculture. The program was created as a cooperative effort of CKS, the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association, the Migrant Education Program and the College of Central Florida. Previously S.A.L.T. students worked on tasks like learning to operate forklifts.

The students who completed the Auxiliary’s boating course – Pete Stefani, Joey Stewart and Trace Epperson – each received a wallet-sized card certifying they had completed the nationally-recognized program. Many insurance companies offer discounts to boat owners who complete the course. The certification card is also evidence the students can produce to let employers know they have been preparing for jobs on the water.