MADEIRA BEACH The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-3 plans monthly safe boating classes through the end of the year at its headquarters at 299 Boca Ciega Drive. Classes meet first Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $40 per person. The next class meets Feb. 2. Other classes will follow on March 2, April 6, May 4 and June 8.
The classes are open to the public and recommended for anyone who owns a boat, a personal watercraft, anyone interested in purchasing a boat or anyone who wants to learn safe boating practices. Classes cover subjects such as navigating the waterways, operating a boat safely, legal regulations, what to do in an emergency, getting to know your boat and information you need to know before getting under way.
Anyone born after January 1989 must take a boating safety course and have a valid boating certificate and a photo ID while operating a vessel.
Experienced U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors teach all classes. For more information, call 391-5185 or visit www.a0701103.uscgaux.info.
Boating safety class offered
GULFPORT U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 7-16, 3120 Miriam St., is offering a 13-week program titled Boating Skills and Seamanship.
Topics include how to choose the right boat, equipment and how to operate a radio. Cost is $40. Course completion can help with insurance discounts. For more information, call 686-6940 or 321-4455.