The United States Coast Guard is hosting a boating safety class Saturday, August 19th from 9AM to 5PM at the Pine Ridge Community Center, located at 15699 Pine Ridge Rd. in Fort Myers, Boaters can obtain their state boating safety certificate by taking the class.
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary offers the one-day program every third Saturday of the month. Greg Masonick, the Flotilla Commander of Fort Myers Beach Flotilla 91, explains how important taking the class is. “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.”
According to Florida law, 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 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. Mandatory registration is required and may be completed at www.Aux91FMB.org or by calling 239-690-6780 option 1.