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Coast Guard offers boat safety classes

January 24, 2011
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary offers residents of Fort Myers Beach the Boating Skills and Seamanship this January. The class meets Jan. 24, 26, 31 and Feb. 2, 7, 9, and the 14. The two-hour program begins promptly at 7 p.m. at the Lee County Community Building, 15650 Pine Ridge Rd., Fort Myers 33908. (Pine Ridge between Summerlin and McGregor). Class includes topics such as being certain you have the proper safety equipment aboard your boat, tips on trailering, navigation rules, emergency procedures and the basics of navigation.

This safe boating class is ideal for anyone, whether you're new to boating or an experienced sailor looking to keep current on boating regulations. The class is designed to be beneficial regardless of your level of experience. The class instructors are specially trained and in qualified in boating education and safety and you'll enjoy their many stories of first hand accounts of their experiences. It's a winning combination of superb content and excellent instructors delivering information that you can use every day, in or out of the water.

Fort Myers Beach boaters are encouraged to register early as the classes fill up quickly. Register today by calling 340-3443 or online at Your investment in boating safety is only $50 per person, which includes your study guide reference manual.

Florida law requires that persons 21 years of age or younger complete a NASBLA approved boaters education course prior to operating a vessel powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or more. This program meets this requirement.

Known as "America's Volunteer Guardians", the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was established by Congress in 1939 to assist the Coast Guard in promoting boating safety. It boasts more than 30,000 members from all walks of life who receive special training so that they may be a functional part of Coast Guard Forces. Auxiliarists assist the Coast Guard in non-law enforcement programs such as public education, vessel safety checks, safety patrols, search and rescue, maritime security and environmental protection and Coast Guard Academy introduction programs for youths. Auxiliarists volunteer more than 2 million hours annually to benefit other boaters and their families.

Submitted by Daniel Eaton, US Coast Guard Auxiliary



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