U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Offers One Day Boating Safety Class

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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Pine Ridge Community Center
15660 Pine Ridge Road Fort Myers, FL 33908

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering the one-day, “Boat America” boating safety class. 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 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 judgment.

The Boat America Safety Class will be held Saturday, June 18 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. Greg Masonick, 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 at 239-690-6780 option 1 or online at http://www.aux91fmb.org/safeboating/ – the class fills up quickly so register today.