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Auxiliaries offer safe boating classes
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Boating Safety Course
CLEARWATER – United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 Clearwater will offer the About Boating Safely class on Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15, 8 a.m., at the Clearwater Police Department Headquarters, 645 Pierce St. Unlike Internet courses, certified USCGAUX instructors who can answer questions and share their experiences on local waters teach the ABS class. Class topics will include Boating Emergencies, Know Your Boat, Getting Underway, Navigating, Operating Your Boat Safely and Legal Requirements.

All graduates will receive a Florida State Certification Card. Cost for materials are $35. For information and to register, call Manny Sosa at 469-8895 or email auxboatingclass@gmail.com.

All About Public Boating Safety

GULFPORT – The All About Public Boating Safety Class will be presented Saturday, June 14, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the USCC Auxiliary Training Center, 3120 Miriam St. S. Cost is $40 a person. The student keeps all books and handout materials. Upon completion of the course, students receive a certificate, a wallet card and a bobber card from the state of Florida. For information or make reservations, call 399-7986.

Boating safety course

TARPON SPRINGS – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Tarpon Springs Flotilla offers a boating safety course the second Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. to noon, at the auxiliary’s classroom at Turtle Cove Marine, 827 Roosevelt Blvd., at the west end of the sponge docks.

The course, titled “About Boating Safely,” is designed for both experienced and novice boaters. Some of the topics presented will be boating emergencies, know your boat, getting underway, navigating the waterways, operating your boat safely, and legal requirements.

The fee is $40, which includes all printed materials. Florida boater safety certification cards are given to individuals who successfully complete the course. For more information, call Roy Warner at 938-8568 or email rwarner25@tampabay.rr.com.

Safe boating class

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, July 5. Others classes are planned Aug. 2 and Sept. 6.

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 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.
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