United States Coast Guard Auxiliary boating skills course set

Published 8:02 am Friday, January 7, 2022

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The Outer Banks Flotilla of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will be offering a Coast Guard approved boating course in February 2022. The six-session Boating Skills and Seamanship course builds on the introductory Boat America class, providing more in-depth exposure to key topics related to safe boating operations.

Topics covered in the course will include boat handling and trailering, advanced navigation, boating safety, radio communications, lines and knots, situational awareness, rules of the road and handling emergency situations.

Upon course completion, participants will receive their NC State Boating Safety class completion certificate required for any boat operator born after 1987.

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Classes will be held on the following Wednesday and Thursday evenings: February 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24.

Each session will begin at 5 p.m. and last approximately three hours.

All classes will be held at the Southern Shores Fire Department, located at 15 S. Dogwood Trail in Southern Shores. The course satisfies North Carolina boat operator education requirements.

All segments will be taught by certified Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors with years of on-the-water experience and a few good stories to share.

The tuition is $50 per person ($35 for each additional family member) and includes a textbook and all materials.

To enroll, visit the flotilla’s website at http://a0541607.wow.uscgaux.info/ and select Boating Safety Classes on the left menu item to register for the February class. Those who need assistance should contact Jack Horst at hoagie2160@gmail.com  or 609-504-4312.

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 about a boating course or to learn more about water safety or becoming one of America’s Volunteer Lifesavers, visit www.cgaux.org.