Coast Guard Auxiliary to hold boating skills, seamanship course

Published 6:21 pm Sunday, January 22, 2023

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The Outer Banks U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will hold a boating skills and seamanship course via six days of three-hour classes. They are set for January 24, 26, 31 and February 2, 7 and 9, 2023 from 6-9 p.m. at the Southern Shores Volunteer Fire Department, located at 15 S. Dogwood Trail in Southern Shores.

“If you are serious about boating as an owner, worker, visitor of a boat owner, or just want to be comfortable aboard a vessel and learn more in-depth information, this is the class for you!” stated a USCG Auxiliary press release. “The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Boating Skills and Seamanship course is a comprehensive course designed for both the experienced and the novice boater.”

The course consists of lessons with in-depth knowledge on boating skills, such as:

  • The language of boating and being on the water
  • Boats, their designs, equipment and legal requirements
  • Legal considerations
  • Where you boat and things to consider
  • Boat handling; in the water, on a trailer and PWCs
  • Navigation, rules of the road and the law
  • Knots and other things you really should know
  • Electronics for your boat (navigation, communication and operation)
  • Safety and security
  • Visitors, liveaboard and other essential items to know
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Tuition is $50 for first family member and $35 for each additional family member. The cost includes all materials. 

To register, go to