Monday, October 26, 2020

Coast Guard Auxiliary Announces Safe Boating Course Schedule for 2020


As we enter another season, Flotilla 95, in our 53rd year serving Marco and the 10,000 Islands, has announced the 2020 schedule for our safe boating classes.

The mission of the Coast Guard Recreational Boating Safety Program is to minimize loss of life, personal injury and property damage, and to prevent negative environmental impact associated with recreational boating. Flotilla 95’s educational programs, which are taught by USCG certified instructors, make these programs available to the public. You need not own a boat!

Boating Skills & Seamanship

This course covers a variety of important topics and provides information that will help attendees become better boaters. Topics covered include: Rules of the Road, “Highway” Signs & Navigation, Equipment, Boat Handling, Boating Laws, Safety, Radio Operation, Lines & Knots and Weather.

This 20–hour course meets twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays) for 4 weeks.
There are two scheduled courses, which begin January 13th through February 6th, and March 2nd through March 26th, 6:30-9 PM. Cost: $60. A textbook will be provided. 

Boaters Local Knowledge – Marco Island Area

This class provides practical information on how to navigate the various waterways in and around Marco Island. Aerial and on-water videos and photos are used throughout the course and allow attendees to actually see the local areas. This class is recommended for novice and intermediate boaters, or those new to the area.

Dates for this 4-hour class:
January 20nd, February 19th, March 16th and April 13th, 9 AM – 1 PM. Cost: $60.

Top Spot Chart N204, available at most marinas, is strongly recommended for this class for marking routes and hazard areas.

Note: Three of these classes are held the day before the Local Knowledge – Backwater Edition class. For continuity, people often enroll in both.

Boaters Local Knowledge – Backwater Edition

This class begins where the Marco Island Area class ends, and provides those who want to fish and explore the backwaters of the 10,000 islands with the information they will need to safely navigate this unique area. Geography, tides, routes and other navigation factors are thoroughly discussed. Aerial photos are used extensively. This class is recommended for intermediate boaters and above.

Dates for this 4-hour class:
January 23rd, February 20th, March 17th and April 14th, 9 AM – 1 PM. Cost: $60.

Top Spot Chart N204, available at most marinas, is strongly recommended for this class for marking routes and hazard areas.

Note: Three of these classes are held the day following the Local Knowledge – Marco Island class. For continuity, people often enroll in both.

All Courses are held at the USCG Auxiliary Station, Flotilla 95: Caxambas Park, 905 Collier Ct., Marco Island, FL. 34145.

These courses usually sell out so please register early by contacting Mr. Joe Riccio at CGAUXCOURSES@gmail.com, or 239-384-7416.

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