Boating safety course in Clearwater CLEARWATER - United Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 Clearwater is offering “About Boating Safely” Program on Saturday and Sunday Sept. 8-9, at the Clearwater Police Department Headquarters, Downtown Clearwater at 645 Pierce St., located on the southwest corner of Myrtle and Pierce streets starting promptly at 8 a.m. 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 Peter Ubillos, Staff Officer Public Education, at 727-469-8895 or email email@example.com.
Safe boating course in St. Petersburg ST. PETERSBURG – The St. Petersburg Sail and Power Squadron will present a seven-week safe boating course beginning Monday, Sept. 17. The class meets Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. at the St. Petersburg Sailing Center, 250 Second Ave. SE, at Demens Landing. The topics include required safety equipment, boat handling, rules of the road, navigation aids, anchoring, adverse conditions, communications, trailering, PWC operation, knots and lines, introduction to charts and more. The classes are an essential course for all boaters. Graduates qualify for a Florida Boating Safety Education ID card and may qualify for insurance discounts. Instruction is free. Materials are $35 per family. Preregistration required. Register online at www.boating-stpete.org.
Safe boating classes 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 Sept. 8. Other classes are set for Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1. Classes conducted for Spanish-speaking residents will be held Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.
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. For more information, call 391-5185 or visit www.a0701103.uscgaux.info/.