USCG About Boating Safety Classes

Attention sailors and wannabes – a two-part About Boating Safety class will be offered November 4th and 11th by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at the Wiggins Pass Marina.

The in-depth seminars, taught by seasoned mariners, are the classroom versions of the Coast Guard’s popular ABS online course. It will give students of all ages the knowledge needed in many states to obtain a boater’s license or safety certification. Boat insurance companies may offer discounts to those who successfully complete the About Boating Safety instruction.

The classes are provided by Flotilla 96, the USCG Auxiliary unit that meets at Collier County’s Cocohatchee River Park Building at Wiggins Pass in Naples. The first class will meet Saturday, November 4th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The second will meet the following Saturday, November 11, also from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost of eight valuable hours of class instruction is $55.

Register by Friday, October 27 with Mike C. Clukey at or call 239-594-8009.

For GPS users, the exact address of Flotilla 96 is 13531 Vanderbilt Road, Naples, FL 34110.

The Auxiliary is a uniformed volunteer branch of the Coast Guard charged with promoting recreational boating safety and supporting the active duty


  • Introduction to Boating – Types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; paddle boats; houseboats; different uses of boats; various power boating engines; jet drives; family boating basics.
  • Boating Law – Boat registration; boating regulation; hull identification number; required boat safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; Federal boat law; state boating laws; personal watercraft requirements.
  • Boat Safety Equipment –Personal flotation devices (“life jackets”); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; dock lines and rope; first aid kit; anchors and anchor lines; other boating safety equipment.
  • Safe Boating – Bow riding; alcohol and drug abuse; entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks; steering with a tiller and a wheel; docking, undocking and mooring; knots; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather and tides; using charts; choosing and using an anchor; safe PWC handling; general water safety.
  • Navigation – The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWC “tunnel vision.”
  • Boating Problems – Hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; man overboard recovery; capsizing; running aground; river hazards; strainers: emergency radio calls; engine problems; equipment failures; carbon monoxide (CO); other boating and PWC problems.
  • Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat – Types of trailers; trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading, balancing, and towing a trailer; towing (and backing) a trailer; boat launching and retrieving; boat storage and theft protection; launching, retrieving and storing a PWC.
  • Hunting and Fishing, Water-skiing and River Boating – Carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat; fishing from a boat; water-skiing safety guidelines and hand signals; water-skiing with a PWC; navigating rivers, and other boating tips.

Presented by U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 96 – Wiggins Pass, FL

  • Course: About Boating Safety
  • Start Date: Sat, 04 Nov 2017, Session 1 of 2
  • End Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2017, Session 2 of 2
  • Days: 2 Consecutive Saturdays
  • Hours: 9:00 AM  – 1:00 PM
  • Duration: 8 Hours Total
  • Course Cost: $55
  • Register By: Fri, 27 Oct 2017
  • Location:

Flotilla 96, Cocohatchee River Park Building
13531 Vanderbilt Road
Naples, FL  34110

  • Contact:

Mike C. Clukey
(239) 594-8009

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