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America’s Boating Club to offer boating course

By Staff | Dec 24, 2019

America’s Boating Club of Sanibel-Captiva will teach the America’s Boating Course in two sessions – Jan. 28 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – at the Sanibel Public Library.

The course covers basic boat operation and safety with an emphasis on boating the local waters around Sanibel and Captiva. Among the topics reviewed are required safety equipment, boat handling, docking and anchoring, navigation, right of way rules, VHF radio operation, and handling emergency situations at sea. Students are introduced to boating the local waters by studying navigation charts for Pine Island Sound, San Carlos Bay and the Caloosahatchee River. Important destinations, channels and waterways are reviewed and advice for confidently boating in local waters is discussed.

Included with the class is an on-the-water educational sunset cruise on San Carlos Bay, during which students experience navigation during daylight hours and after dark.

Students need to attend both sessions and complete homework for graduation. The class is designed for those new to boating as well as experienced boaters who would like to strengthen their boating skills.

Completion of the class and passing a simple exam qualifies students to receive a Boating Safety Education ID card from the state. The card satisfies state education requirements for operating boats in Florida waters.

Senior, highly experienced instructors present the class material using lectures, demonstrations, discussions and navigation charts of the local waterways.

The cost of the class, text and cruise is $70.

Preregistration required by Jan. 25.

Class size is limited to 20 students and early registration is advised.

To register, visit www.sancapboating.club, click on the “Education” tab at the top of the page and complete the registration form for the 28JAN20 ABC class.

For more information, contact lead instructor Bob Orr at 239-579-0139 or robert.orr1663@comcast.net.