Sunday, January 16, 2022

Boating Skills and Seamanship Course Offered

Photo by Joe Riccio

Local Coast Guard Auxiliary group, Flotilla 95, is offering a fall session of Boating Skills and Seamanship (BS&S), a “boating around Marco Island 101” course.

Beginning on October 8th, the four-week, eight-session course will meet Monday and Thursday from 7 to 9:30 PM at the Flotilla Station at Caxambas Park. 

Sadly, 67 people lost their lives in Florida boating accidents last year. The FWC reported that Florida had 766 boating accidents in 2017, 52 more accidents than the year before. Flotilla 95 and the FWC continue efforts to reduce the number of boating-related fatalities through education and the importance of wearing life jackets.

The BS&S course will provide the new boater all the basics of boating around the Marco Island area. It covers boating safety, boat handling, waterway markers, navigation, weather and using the VHF radio, always with an emphasis on what makes boating in our area different such a three-foot plus tides, lots of shallow water – and especially – the beauty of the Ten Thousand Islands and the fishing!

The course meets the Florida Safe Boating Card requirements and is approved by the U.S Coast Guard. Many boat insurance plans offer discounts for boaters who take the course and obtain their Florida Safe Boating Card.

For information and to register, contact Joe Riccio at or 239-384-7416. For US Coast Guard Auxiliary membership information, call Bob Shmihluk at 215-694-3305.

One response to “Boating Skills and Seamanship Course Offered”

  1. Martin Shaw says:

    I completed the boating skills & seamanship course @ 25yrs ago in PA. My wallet was stolen and the card with it.How do I go about getting a replacement?

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