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About Boating Safely Class
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A two-part About Boating Safely class will be offered July 21st and July 28th by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary at the Bonita Boat Center in Bonita Springs. Class qualifies successful students for a Florida Boating Safety Education Card (required for those born on or after January 1, 1988). Boat insurance companies may also offer discounts to those who successfully complete the About Boating Safely instruction.

7/21/2018 to 7/28/2018
When: July 21 & July 28
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Bonita Boat Center
28380 S. Tamiami Trail
Bonita Springs, Florida  34134
United States
Contact: Mike Clukey
239-594-8009

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A two-part About Boating Safely class will be offered July 21st and July 28th by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary at the Bonita Boat Center in Bonita Springs. Class qualifies successful students for a Florida Boating Safety Education Card (required for those born on or after January 1, 1988). Boat insurance companies may also offer discounts to those who successfully complete the About Boating Safely instruction.

The classes are provided by Flotilla 96, Wiggins Pass - the USCG Auxiliary unit based in North Naples. Classes will meet at the Bonita Boat Center---28380 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs, FL 34134.

Classes will be held on Saturday, July 21st from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., and the following Saturday, July 28th, also from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The cost is $55.00 per student, payable by check to Flotilla 96 USCG Aux.

Register by Friday, July 20, with Mike Clukey at publiced_flotilla96@centurylink.net or call 239-594-8009.

CLASS TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Introduction to Boating – Types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; paddle boats; houseboats; different uses of boats; various power boating engines; jet drives; family boating basics.
  • Boating Law – Boat registration; boating regulation; hull identification number; required boat safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; Federal boat law; state boating laws; personal watercraft requirements.
  • Boat Safety Equipment –Personal flotation devices ("life jackets"); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; dock lines and rope; first aid kit; anchors and anchor lines; other boating safety equipment.
  • Safe Boating – Bow riding; alcohol and drug abuse; entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks; steering with a tiller and a wheel; docking, undocking and mooring; knots; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather and tides; using charts; choosing and using an anchor; safe PWC handling; general water safety.
  • Navigation – The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWC "tunnel vision."
  • Boating Problems – Hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; man overboard recovery; capsizing; running aground; river hazards; strainers: emergency radio calls; engine problems; equipment failures; carbon monoxide (CO); other boating and PWC problems.
  • Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat – Types of trailers; trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading, balancing, and towing a trailer; towing (and backing) a trailer; boat launching and retrieving; boat storage and theft protection; launching, retrieving and storing a PWC.
  • Hunting and Fishing, Water-skiing and River Boating – Carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat; fishing from a boat; water-skiing safety guidelines and hand signals; water-skiing with a PWC; navigating rivers, and other boating tips.