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DUNEDIN – About Boating Safely, a course offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Dunedin Flotilla, will be taught in two sessions Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Coast Guard Auxiliary classroom at Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St., 2nd 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 Monday, Jan. 20, 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. For more information, call Larry O’Brien at 736-1191 or email:, Web: www.d­unedi­n-coa­stgua­rdaux­.com.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The auxiliary supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service’s missions.

Squadron to host safe boating program

ST. PETERSBURG – The St. Petersburg Sail and Power Squadron will present Emergencies on Board, a safe boating program, on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 7 to 9 p.m., at St. Petersburg Sailing Center, 250 Second Ave. SE, Demens Landing.

The two-hour seminar will acquaint boaters with the actions necessary to cope with the most common boating difficulties. The program is available to anyone 12 or older and 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. Cost for materials is $30 per family. There is a maximum of 20 students. Preregistration is required. For information and to register, visit www.b­oatin­g-stp­ete.o­rg.

Safe boating class offered in 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 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 underway.

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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