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Boating club to offer additional courses

By Staff | Dec 11, 2019

The first of the year will bring a series of boating courses offered by the America’s Boating Club of Sanibel-Captiva for the general public. A few of the courses are offered every two-three years.

BOAT HANDLING

Boaters who want to boat more, boat farther and have more fun on the water are keen to learn how to operate their boat safely and how to handle situations that arise while boating. This course supports boater’s education and promote boaters’ continued learning. The six areas of study are: Nautical Rules of the Road – A Practical Approach; Confidence in Docking and Undocking – Slow-Speed Maneuvering; Boating with Confidence – Handling Your Boat Underway; Anchoring with Assurance – Don’t Get Carried Away; Emergencies on Board – Preparation for Handling Common Problems; and Knots and Line Handling – The Knots You Need to Know. The eight-session course will begin on March 17.

ENGINE MAINTENANCE

This new course stresses the diagnosis of modern systems, while also teaching the basics of engine layout and operation. Gasoline inboards, outboards and diesel engines are taught in a way that reinforces the common aspects of how engines work. Modern engines offer high reliability and good performance through the use of computerized systems. The course covers repairs that do-it-yourselfers can still perform, teaches how to diagnose problems that might be beyond one’s ability to fix and how to share information with a mechanic so the right repairs get performed. The course also covers basic mechanical systems, such as drive systems (propellers), steering systems and engine controls. The eight-session course will begin on Jan. 14.

WEATHER

The safety and comfort of those who venture out-on-the water have always been weather dependent. In this course, students will become keener observers of the weather, but weather observations only have meaning in the context of the basic principles of meteorology – the science of the atmosphere. The course focuses on how weather systems form, behave, move and interact with one another and reflects the availability of all sorts of weather reports and forecasts on the Internet. The eight-session course will begin on Feb. 6.

For more information or to sign up, visit www.sancapboating.club.

For questions or problems signing up, call 612-987-2125.