Friday, January 28, 2022

Boater’s Local Knowledge Courses Offered

“There are two types of boaters on Marco Island – those who have run aground and those that will!”

The waters around Marco Island are constantly changing. If you are either new to boating or new to Marco Island, then the Boater’s Local Knowledge (Marco Island Area) and the Boater’s Local Knowledge – Backwater Edition (10,000 Islands) classes are for you. Classes are offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary on Marco Island.

In the Boater’s Local Knowledge (BLK) class you will gain knowledge of navigating around Marco Island and the surrounding areas. Since Marco is an island, you need to know when you are returning from sea vs. going out to sea. In addition to learning how to navigate around Marco Island, popular destinations such as Cape Romano, The Esplanade, Keewaydin Island and Naples are also reviewed through a combination of aerial and on-water photography.

The Boater’s Local Knowledge – Backwater Edition [BLK-BW] begins where the Boater’s Local Knowledge class ends. If you do not have prior boating experience, it is strongly recommended you take the BLK course prior to the BLK-BW class since the course is designed for the more intermediate to advanced boater who wants to learn about the 10,000 Islands, and how to safely navigate in the “backwaters.” Aerial and on-water photos will orient you to the “backwaters.”

History, geography of the area and special rules and regulations that apply when operating your vessel in Everglades National Park are covered. Emphasis is placed on understanding the different tides and tide stations encountered in a journey to the 10,000 Islands. Students will leave this class with the knowledge that will enable then to safely navigate six selected routes from Goodland to Sandfly Pass, where they can go sightseeing, fishing, kayaking or camping.

Both classes are presented by experienced Coast Guard Auxiliary staff who, in addition to teaching this class, also have extensive on-water experience on the Marco Island waterways and the 10,000 Islands.

All students should bring TopSpot chart # N204 to the class. The chart is available at Walker’s Marine, Ace Hardware and other marine outlets. You will want to mark-up the chart during the classes for future reference.

Fall 2018 Schedule:

  •   BLK: October 29
  •   BLK: December 3
  •   BLK-BW: December 4

Email Joe Riccio at for information and registration. Seating is limited.

One response to “Boater’s Local Knowledge Courses Offered”

  1. Heather Moore says:

    What are the class times? Would be helpful if they were not during the day for those who work. If they are, then how about offering these classes at times for the working class.

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