Friday, January 21, 2022

Boater’s Local Knowledge: Marco Island



By Laurie Harris
Flotilla Staff Officer, Public Affairs

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, the Boater’s Local Knowledge and the Boater’s Local Knowledge – Backwater Edition classes are for you.

In the Boater’s Local Knowledge 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 to port vs. going out to sea. In addition to navigation, popular destinations such as Cape Romano, The Esplanade, Keewaydin Island and Naples are identified through a combination of aerial and on-water photography.

The Boater’s Local Knowledge – Backwater Edition begins where the Boater’s Local Knowledge class ends. It is designed for the more intermediate to advanced boater who wants to learn about the 10,000 islands and how to safely navigate his boat in the “backwaters”. Again, aerial and on-water photos will orient you to the “backwaters” and include, history and geography of the area. Tide differentials are explained along with six routes from Goodland to Sandfly Past, fishing, kayaking and camping grounds.

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.

Class members for either class should bring Chart # 41 F to the class available at West Marine or Ace Hardware. You will be able to mark up the chart for future reference.

The next Boater’s Local Knowledge class is March 23, 2015, and the next Backwater Edition class is March 24, 2015. Additional classes will be scheduled in the Fall.

Please contact Marian Harris at to sign up.



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