Bad decisions make good stories. Here’s why today’s marine officers should have the best training available. On a calm summer night in 1978, I drifted, lights out, down the Ocklawaha River in an 18-foot commercial fishing skiff. Back then, I was a nine-month rookie wildlife officer with the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. My goal: to catch a gator poacher.
efficiency, risk factors and team coordination, boat characteristics and stability, boat handling, piloting and navigation, search-and-rescue techniques, and towing and salvage.
specialized skills to operate airboats in a maritime environment.
Mark R. DuPont, National Director