U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boat Lesson

Attention experienced boaters: It’s crucial to stay current with changes in navigation and regulations. A Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Boating Class is an easy way to get up-to-date on everything you need to know. 

For those aiming to earn the state boating safety certificate, we highly recommend enrolling in our one-day responsible boating class. It takes place on the third Saturday of every month from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The next session is July 20th, hosted at the Pine Ridge Community Center, 15660 Pine Ridge Road, Ft. Myers, FL 33908, conveniently located between the Iona McGregor Fire Station 75 and the Lee County Sheriff’s West District Office. Completing this course makes you eligible for the state boating certificate. 

Robert Guenthner, the Flotilla Commander of Fort Myers Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 91, emphasizes the significance of education and awareness regarding boating hazards. He says, “Attending an in-person class is an excellent opportunity for students to interact, share perspectives, and gain local knowledge. Participants learn about the importance of life jackets, risk reduction, preparedness, and exercising sound judgment, along with updates on regulatory compliance.” 

Remember, Florida law mandates that anyone born on or after January 1, 1988, who plans to operate a boat in Florida waters with an engine of 10 horsepower or more must complete an approved boating safety course and obtain a Florida boating safety ID card. This card certifies that you have completed the necessary boating safety course, but it is not a boating license. 

Don’t miss this chance to enhance your boating skills and knowledge. Enroll today and navigate the waterways with confidence! This one-day class costs $45 per person and includes study materials. For additional information about boating safety classes or registration for a class, contact Kevin McTaggart, Public Education Officer, cgaux91education@gmail.com, at 239-690-6780 option 1, or www.Aux91FMB.org/Safeboating. 

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed auxiliary service of the United States Coast Guard created by Congress in 1939.  It is comprised of 26,000 members who volunteer their time to support the operation of the Coast Guard, promote and improve recreational boating safety, and provide trained crews and facilities to enhance the safety and security of US ports, waterways, and coastal regions. It is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas.  For more information, please visit www.cgaux.org. 

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