U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers boating safety class

  • Thursday, July 11, 2013

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will hold a boating class on Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The boating class will be held at the Daniel Island Library, 2301 Daniel Island Drive, Charleston.

The course, About Boating Safely, is certified by South Carolina DNR and graduates will receive the South Carolina Boater Education Card. In South Carolina, boaters under 16 years of age are required by law to pass an approved boater education course before operating, without supervision, a personal watercraft (PWC) or a boat powered by a motor with 15 hp or more.

Course fee is $30 per person, or $35 for up to six family members sharing the same textbook. Students under the age of 12 years must be accompanied by an adult enrolled in the class. Class size is limited.

To register online, visit http://a0701206.wow.uscgaux.info and click on Boating Courses. For more information or to register for the class contact Chris Gallapis at 843-729-9564 or email cgallapis1@comcast.net.

The boating course is designed for boaters of all ages and experience with an emphasis on recreational boating safety. You will learn what to do before you get underway and the basics of protecting and handling your boat or PWC safely. Also included are waterways navigation, safety equipment, boating problems and emergencies, and legal requirements for boating in South Carolina.

Many insurance companies offer discounts to graduates of the boating education course.

A component of the U. S. Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Auxiliary is staffed by civilian volunteers who provide support for most of the Coast Guard missions. The Auxiliary promotes recreational boating safety through public education classes and offers free vessel safety checks for recreational boaters.

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