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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers one-day Boating Safety Class

By Staff | Mar 1, 2024

Boating enthusiasts seeking to obtain the state boating safety certificate are encouraged to enroll in a one-day responsible boating class on the third Saturday of the month, February-March, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The course is held at the Pine Ridge Community Center, at 15699 Pine Ridge Road, in the Iona area of Fort Myers, next to the Iona McGregor Fire Station and across from the tax collector’s office.

Completion of the course will make participants eligible for the state boating certificate. Class will be offered March 16.

Robert Guenthner, the flotilla commander of Fort Myers Beach Flotilla 91, stresses the importance of education and awareness of boating hazards. Guenthner stated, “Attending an in-person class is an excellent opportunity for students to interact, share perspectives and gain local knowledge. Participants learn about the importance of life jackets, risk reduction, preparedness, and exercising sound judgment together with updates for regulatory compliance.”

According to Florida law, anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, who plans to operate a boat in Florida waters with an engine of 10 horsepower or more must complete an approved boating safety course and obtain a Florida boating safety ID card. This card certifies that the person has completed the required boating safety course, but it is not a boating license.

The one-day class costs $45 per person and includes study materials. Enroll today at Aux91FMB.org/SafeBoating or by calling 239-690-6780 option 1.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the lead agency in recreational boating safety, protecting America’s seaward frontier. Created by Congress in 1939, the Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard, supporting the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. Every day, vessels and aircraft deploy across the U.S. to aid or save countless boaters and dollars in property damage.

For additional information about boating safety classes or registration for a class, contact Kevin McTaggart, public education officer, cgaux91education@gmail.com, at 239-690-6780 option 1, or Aux91FMB.org/Safeboating.