ST. PETERSBURG – The St. Petersburg Sail and Power Squadron will present two seminars in July at the St. Petersburg Sailing Center, 250 Second Ave. SE, Demens Landing.
The following seminars will be offered:
• Sail Trim & Rigging – Wednesday, July 16, 7 to 9 p.m. This seminar shows in clear and simple terms how to use and adjust sails for optimum performance under a wide range of conditions. The seminar comes with a waterproof USPS Captain's Quick Guide written by North Sails and student notes. Instruction is free; the materials cost $30 per family. A maximum of 20 students will be accepted. Preregistration is required. Visit www.boating-stpete.org.
• How to Use a Chart – Wednesday, July 23, 7 to 9 p.m. The NOAA Chart No. 1 is the quintessential reference to chart details, but difficult to understand. This seminar walks the student through understanding it in an entertaining and interesting fashion. In addition to explaining the chart, this program walks through the essentials of plotting and measuring a safe course with the USPS course plotter. Materials include Maptech’s waterproof flip/fold Chart
Symbols and On-The Water Guide for on-boat reference. Instruction is free. Materials cost $35 per family. A maximum of 20 students will be accepted. Preregistration is required. Visit www.boating-stpete.org.
Boating safety classes
DUNEDIN – About Boating Safely, a course offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Dunedin Flotilla, will be taught in two sessions July 19 -20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Coast Guard Auxiliary classroom at Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St., second floor.
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.
Register by July 14 to receive course materials prior to the class. The fee is $35, with a $5 discount each for two or more signing up at the same time. Florida Boater Safety Certification Cards are given to individuals who successfully complete the course.
ST. PETE BEACH – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78, located at 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way, is offering a 13-week continuous safe boating program Tuesdays at 7 p.m. The cost is $40 for 13 weeks.
The remaining topics are: July 1, Piloting Your Boat, Part A; July 8, Piloting Your Boat, Part B (chart exercise); July 15, Powering Your Boat; July 22, Knots; July 29, Weather; Aug. 5, Your Boat’s Radio; Aug. 12, Which Boat Is For You; Aug. 19, Equipment For Your Boat; Aug. 26, Waterway Watch/Trailering Your Boat; Sept. 2, Handling Your Boat; and Sept. 9, Your “Highway” Signs.
For more information, call Jim, 360-4846; Warren, 321-7801; or Phil, 865-2226.
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.