Friday, November 21, 2008
The Sanibel-Captiva Sail & Power Squadron Public Safe Boating Course, which includes two classroom sessions, an educational cruise and an exam, will be held on three consecutive Saturdays — Dec. 6, 13 and 20 — at St. Michael’s & All Angels Episcopal Church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This introductory course teaches the basics of safe boating. Topics include boat handling, types of boats, use of marine radios; elementary seamanship, knots and lines, governmental regulations, basic weather, understanding charts, aids to navigation, engine troubleshooting, basic piloting, determining position, boat trailering, and Florida and local laws. Graduates receive the Florida Boater Certificate and qualify for NASBLA-approved boating safety certification.
As part of the course, students take a two-hour cruise of the local waters to learn what the different markers mean as well as what the same area looks like after dark. Upon completion of the course, students are offered membership in the Sail & Power Squadron, which will allow them to take many more advanced courses to improve their boating knowledge and skills. more
St. Petersburg Times
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 15-8, Hernando Beach, loves the holiday season because we volunteer our time all year to help keep you and your loved ones safe on the water, and giving is what we enjoy doing.
Every year more people take safe boating courses, and in return they are giving back to the community by using their knowledge to keep our waterways safe. That in itself is a gift right back to us.
Times are hard, the economy just plain stinks and although Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year spiritually, most of us are feeling a financial burden. Sometimes the best gifts really are free. Our free vessel safety checks are a great gift idea. Give loved ones the gift of knowing their boat is equipped with all the safety equipment it should have. We come to your boat, wherever you keep it, and upon successful completion place a decorative decal on your boat. Call Jackie at (352) 666-7239 to make an appointment.
And if it is lacking something, it's most likely some inexpensive item that is an important item and solves your gift problem for them. For example, Coast Guard-approved life jackets are a must and are a great gift idea for the loved ones on your list. more
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