Learn Safe Boating

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Distress calls are something you don’t like to hear and especially one do not want to make! Learn about safe boating from the experts of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering the one day, “About Boating Safely” class. This beginner boating class will give the novice recreational boater the knowledge needed to obtain the FWC safety certification. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete the About Boating Safely class. Boat Smart – Boat Safe – Take the Class.

Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 who operates a vessel powered by 10 horsepower or more must pass an approved boater safety course and be issued with a boating safety education identification card. This ID card must be in his/her possession along with photographic identification.

Recreational boating is fun and enjoyable, and we are fortunate that we have enough resources to accommodate the wide variety of pleasure boating demands. However, our waterways can become crowded at times and be a place of chaos and confusion. While being a marvelous source of recreation, boating, to the unprepared, can be a risky sport. Not knowing or obeying the Navigation Rules or the nautical “Rules of the Road,” drinking alcohol or taking drugs while operating a boat, or choosing not to wear your life jacket, are all examples of human error or a lack of proper judgement.

The About Boating Safety Class will be held Saturday, December 21st from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in South Fort Myers at the Pine Ridge Community Center (next to the Iona McGregor Fire Station #75) at 15660 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers.

The presenters are trained professionals of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary who facilitate the sharing of experiences and relate courseware to our local area. Unlike online classes, this program offers student interaction, shared perspectives, collaboration and local area knowledge.” The cost is $45 per person and includes study material. Advance registration is required, by phone 239-690-6780 option 1 or online at http://www.aux91fmb.org/safeboating/ – the class fills up quickly so register today.

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary is the lead agency protecting America’s seaward frontier in recreational boating safety. Our vessels and aircraft deploy across all the U.S. they aid or save countless boaters every year. Every day the auxiliary saves hundreds of thousands in property and saves countless lives. For more information, please visit www.cgaux.org