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 Nov. 3.
Another will follow on Dec. 1.
Classes conducted for Spanish-speaking residents will be held 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.
Experienced U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors teach all classes.