Boating

Boating Skills Course Offered


The snowbirds have flown, and the island is quiet. Just the right time to take care of the things your busy season schedule wouldn’t permit. Your local Coast Guard Auxiliary group, Flotilla 95, is offering a summer session of the Boating Skills and Seamanship (BS&S) course. This is a boating around Marco Island 101 course. This is an eight-session course […]

Marco Island Supports Safe Boating

Forty Marco Island boaters and a handful of dogs wearing life jackets recently spent a Saturday morning at the Marco Island Yacht Club as part of the “Ready, Set, Wear IT!” event for safe boating. Boaters are encouraged to wear a life jacket anytime they are on the water. Children need to wear a properly fitted life jacket whenever in […]

Is Boating Becoming Safer?


Every May, throughout the U.S., National Safe Boating is celebrated with events promoting boating and water safety. Marco Island recognized this recently with a proclamation while members of local boating groups appeared at the council chambers wearing life jackets promoting the Wear It campaign. Efforts appear to be working, and boating is becoming safer. Yet, deeper investigation still raises concerns. […]

Sailing Toward Success


Ryan Garraty can check off one huge accomplishment in his young life and he now has sights set on a new objective. The Marco Island Charter Middle School seventh grader had his heart set on earning a spot on the 2018 United States Optimist Dinghy Association Team in the 11-to-12 age group. He achieved that goal recently at the organization’s […]

Wear IT for Safe Boating


Each boating organization on Marco Island has it’s own special appeal to the public, be it kayaking, fishing, sailing, cruising, boating education, etc. Members of one organization might like to participate in some of the activities held by another organization. We thought that this would be a good way for boating members to be introduced to other boating organizations on […]

Boaters Need a Hurricane Plan


Every boat owner should be prepared for tropical storm and hurricane forecasts. Owners should develop a hurricane plan in advance of possible tropical season weather activity. The plan should include contact information for the owner and any caretaker (in the absence of the owner); alternate caretakers just in case; where the boat keys are stored; what plan for storage has […]

Ready, Set, Wear It!


On May 19, 2018, boating safety educators, marine enforcement officials, politicians, media, and the public will gather across North America to raise public awareness of the importance of life jacket wear and general boating safety practices. The event is being done to officially launch National Safe Boating Week, which runs from May 19 – 25 this year. This timing positions […]

Marco Island Commanders Group Invites You to Wear IT!


Each boating organization on Marco Island has it’s own special appeal to the public, be it kayaking, fishing, sailing, cruising, boating education, etc. Members of one organization might like to participate in some of the activities held by another organization. We thought that this would be a good way for boating members to be introduced to other boating organizations on […]

Sail & Power Squadron Learns About Red Tide


At the recent monthly meeting of the Marco Island Sail & Power Squadron, America’s Boating Club, about 80 members convened at the Marco Island Yacht Club for dinner and an informative presentation. The guest speaker was Rhonda Watkins, principal environmental specialist for Collier County, who spoke to squadron members about her responsibilities of monitoring and assessing water quality, and in […]


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