CLEARWATER COAST GUARD AUXILIARY TEACHING BOATING SAFETY CLASSES ONLINE
A New Way to Learn … A New Crop of Safe Boaters
With the advent of COVID-19, the Coast Guard Auxiliary was advised to discontinue in-person classes for the safety of the instructors and students. The good news is that the State of Florida (FWC) and the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) have approved the Coast Guard Auxiliary to conduct online classes.
These classes are not your standard webinar sessions where the students sit at their computers and are lectured at. And they’re not animated cartoon sessions where you have to keep pressing enter to get to the next topic.
The “Boat America” class for boaters and would-be boaters weighs anchor for four consecutive evenings starting September 21, 2020. All Instructors are experienced local sailors and powerboat skippers who are also USCG Auxiliary trained and certified instructors. This basic boating skills course provides a unique and excellent combination of boating theory, seamanship techniques, legal responsibilities, personal safety for crew and passengers, boat handling, rules of the road, the latest Federal boating regulations and other subjects which will help boaters and would-be boaters become safer and more proficient sailors.
Public Education Officer Karen Miller states, “we are convinced that graduates of this course will enjoy boating more and will be less likely to have accidents or problems on the water. In addition, most of our graduates have fine safety records and receive insurance discounts as well, upon completing our courses.”
The Clearwater Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering “Boat America” evening classes over four consecutive evenings on September 21, 22, 23 and 24 from 7pm to about 9pm.. Classes are $40 per student and include the books, supplemental materials and course completion certificates. The classes being offered by the Clearwater Coast Guard Auxiliary are conducted on Zoom with the same instructors they would have had in the classroom and includes lots of questions and answers. In addition, because they’re on the Internet, there’s no commuting to a classroom – the students can be anywhere in Florida!
The boating safety class is also a requirement for many boaters in Florida. In the Sunshine State, anyone born after Jan. 1, 1988, must successfully complete a boater safety course approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in order to operate any boat powered by more than 10 horsepower, and they are required to carry their boater education card with them when out on the water along with picture ID.
One hundred and thirteen members of the boating public graduated with honors from the first four boating safety classes conducted online on Zoom.
Contact the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Clearwater Flotilla, for boating safety classes at: www.clwboatingsafety.com or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 727-469-8895. Also, on Facebook at #clearwatercgaux.