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Flotilla 11-1 Clearwater
United Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 Clearwater is offering the About Boating Safely Class on Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9, promptly at 8 a.m., at the Clearwater Police Department Headquarters, 645 Pierce Street located on the southwest corner of Myrtle and Pierce streets.

Unlike Internet Courses, the ABS Class is taught by certified USCGAUX instructors who can answer questions and share their experiences on local waters.

Topics include boating emergencies, know your boat, getting underway, navigating, operating your boat safely and legal requirements. All graduates receive a Florida State Certification Card. Materials are $35. For information and to register, call Manny Sosa, Flotilla Commander at 727-469-8895 or email

Flotilla 11-3 Madeira Beach
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 the first Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $40 per person. The next class meets Saturday, April 5.

Others classes are planned May 3 and June 5.

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 underway.

Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1988 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.

USCG Auxiliary Training Center
GULFPORT – About Boating Safety will be presented Saturday, March 8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at USCG Auxiliary Training Center, 3120 Miriam St. S.

Cost is $40 per student, which includes all books and materials. There will be a one-hour lunch break and breaks between chapters. Upon completion of the course students will receive a certificate, a wallet-sized card from the USCG Auxiliary and a “bobber card” from the state of Florida. For reservations or questions, call 399-7986.
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