Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-3 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, Jan. 4. Others classes are planned Feb. 1 and March 1.
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.
St. Petersburg Sail and Power Squadron ST. PETERSBURG – The St. Petersburg Sail and Power Squadron will present its safe boating program, Emergencies on Board, to the public on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 7 to 9 p.m., at the St. Petersburg Sailing Center, 250 Second Ave. SE, Demens Landing.
Available to anyone 12 or older, this two-hour seminar deals with both preparing for and managing emergencies such as accident prevention, emergency calls and signals, running aground, man overboard, fire, loss of power, medical conditions, steering failure and getting lost.
Instruction is free. Materials cost $30 per family. The seminar is open to a maximum of 20 students. Preregistration is required. Visit www.boating-stpete.org.