Keeping Corps employees safe on the water

Students in the most recent small boat training hailed from across the Portland District, including Operations Division's Channel and Harbors Project, Fish Field Unit, the Rogue River Basin and Willamette Valley operating projects, as well as Engineering and Construction Division's Hydrology Branch. (Corps of Engineers photo)

Students in the most recent small boat training hailed from across the Portland District, including Operations Division’s Channel and Harbors Project, Fish Field Unit, the Rogue River Basin and Willamette Valley operating projects, as well as Engineering and Construction Division’s Hydrology Branch. (Corps of Engineers photo)

 

(Corp of Engineers photo)

(Corp of Engineers photo)

Many Portland District employees operate small boats during the course of their jobs — some may use them during dives and inspections, or while patrolling, performing maintenance, during survey operations or environmental work. Employees need to be trained to ensure not only their safety while on the water, but to protect the District’s equipment and other assets during operations. That’s where Portland District’s Small Boat Program Managers Todd Manny, Rick Benoit and instructor Brad Lucas come in. They recently taught 15 new students during a 24-hour Small Boat Licensing Course, spending 12 hours attending classroom academics at Lookout Point Dam before practicing what they learned in the water at and Dexter Dam reservoir.

Whenever you see a Corps boats on the water, know those operators have the knowledge to handle their boat safely while fulfilling their mission – it’s just one example of Portland District’s continued commitment to safety and ensuring the welfare of its personnel and public resources.