Safe Boating Class, USCG Auxilary

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On Saturday, June 15, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 91 is offering a one day, “About Boating Safely” class from 9am to 4pm at the Pine Ridge Community Center at 15660 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers. This beginner boating class will give the novice recreational boater the knowledge needed to obtain the FWC safety certification. 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 a boating safety education identification card.  This ID card must be in his/her possession along with a photo ID when piloting a boat.

The class will also be offered on the third Saturday of the month through the end of the year: July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, November 16 and December 21.

Recreational boating is fun and enjoyable. However, our waterways can become crowded and be a place of chaos and confusion at times. To the unprepared, boating can be a risky sport. Not knowing or obeying 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 presenters are trained professionals of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary who facilitate the sharing of experiences and relate coursework to our local area. Nick Kaveski, the Flotilla Commander of Flotilla 91 stated, “People are very busy today, and this one class can fit easily into most everyone’s calendar. 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 bit.ly/BoatClassFMB  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. Deployed all across the U.S., they offer assistance to countless boaters every year, saving countless lives and hundreds of thousands of dollars in property.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. For more information, please visit www.cgaux.org