U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering the one-day, “Boat America” class. This beginner boating class will provide the novice recreational boater with the knowledge needed to obtain the FWC safety certification. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete the Boat America class.
The Boat America Class, as part of National Safe Boating Week, will be held Saturday, May 21st from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in South Fort Myers at the Pine Ridge Community Center (next to the fire station and across from the Tax Collectors Office) at 15660 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers.
The Safe Boating Campaign is a worldwide effort focused on responsible boating led by the National Safe Boating Council with support from boating safety advocates around the world. At its heart, the Safe Boating Campaign is a grassroots effort that collaborates with partners to share about safe boating in their local communities through events, social media, workshops, and more. It is produced under a grant from the Sports Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. National Safe Boating Week runs from May 21st through the 27th.
The class presenters are trained professionals of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary who facilitate the sharing of experiences and relate courseware to our local area. Greg Masonick, the Flotilla Commander of the Fort Myers Beach Flotilla 91 stated, “Education and awareness of boating hazards is the key to safe boating.
Participants learn the importance of life jackets, reducing risks, being prepared, and exercising good judgment. People are very busy today, and this one class can fit easily into everyone’s calendar. Unlike online classes, this program offers student interaction, shared perspectives, and local area knowledge.” The cost is $45 per person and includes study material. Advance registration is required, by phone at 239-690-6780 option 1 or online at http://www.aux91fmb.org/safeboating/ - the class fills up quickly so register today.
The US Coast Guard Auxiliary is the lead agency protecting America’s seaward frontier in recreational boating safety. Our vessels and aircraft deploy across the U.S. and aid or save countless boaters every year. Every day the auxiliary saves hundreds of thousands of dollars in property and saves countless lives.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. For more information, please visit www.cgaux.org