Coast Guard Offers Safe Boating Class

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They take place on the third Saturday of every month from 9A to 5P with the next class set for July 20th at the Pine Ridge Community Center, 15660 Pine Ridge Road, in Fort Myers, which is located between Iona McGregor Fire Station 75 and the Lee County Sheriff’s West District Office. The cost is $45.00.

Completing this course makes you eligible for the state boating certificate.

Robert Guenthner, the Flotilla Commander of Fort Myers Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 91, emphasizes the significance of education and awareness regarding boating hazards. He says, “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, along with updates on regulatory compliance.”

Remember, Florida law mandates that anyone born on or after January 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 you have completed the necessary boating safety course, but it is not a boating license.

This one-day $45 class includes study materials.

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 www.Aux91FMB.org/Safeboating.

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