With boating season in Pensacola virtually as long as you want it to be, fall is no time to forget about boating safety. Whether you’re an intrepid late-fall sailor or want to be ready to go come spring, fall can be an excellent time for a boater safety class.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 1-8 is partnering up with the Milton Fire Department to offer one on Saturday, October 16. The eight-hour premier boating safety class “About Boater Safety” will be offered at 9:00 a.m. in the training room of the Milton fire station, which is located at 5321 Stewart Street. For more information, call 983-5430.
The class will cover everything from the basic legal requirements for boaters and the elements of handling a boat to safety tips and how to handle boat accidents and other emergencies.
A passing score on the examination at the end of the class makes you eligible for a Florida boating ID, which is required for all boaters under the age of 21 who wish to skipper a boat alone in state waters. Boaters over the age of 21 are also encouraged to attend.
The cost of the class is $35 per individual or up to four family members who share a book.
Coast Guard Boater Safety Class to Cover Important Safety Topics
Topics to be covered in the eight-hour boat safety class include:
- Introduction to Boating — Types of power boats, sailboats, and others and their uses
- Boating Law — Both federal and Florida law governing boats and personal watercraft including registration, regulation, required safety equipment, protecting the marine environment, safe operation and how to report boat accidents
- Boat Safety Equipment — How to properly choose and use personal flotation devices (“life jackets”), fire extinguishers, first aid kits, sound and visual signals, lines and ropes, anchors, and other boating safety equipment
- Safe Boating — Everything from drinking while boating and how to develop and file a float plan to how to get on, load, trim, dock and undock your boat
- Navigation — The U.S. Aids to Navigation system, buoys and beacons, navigation and right-of-way rules, signaling and avoiding boat collisions
- Boating Dangers — Boating accidents and rescues, how to recover a man overboard, hypothermia, what to do if you capsize or run aground, how to deal with engine or equipment failures, river hazards, PWC problems, emergency radio calls and other topics
- Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat — Safe trailering, retrieval, storage and theft protection
- Hunting and Fishing, Water-Skiing and River Boating — Safely carrying hunting gear and weapons, fishing from a boat, water-skiing with a boat or PWC, and other boating safety tips
- Pensacola News Journal, “Boater safety class set for Oct. 16,” October 7, 2010
- United States Coast Guard Auxiliary website, “About Boating Safely – Seminar Version” class information