Monday, October 25, 2021

Safe Boating For All Seasons

Recent graduates of the Boating Skills & Seamanship class.

Recent graduates of the Boating Skills & Seamanship class.


Safe boating is not seasonal. So, as another season on Marco Island comes to a close, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95 continues its safe boating classes through summer and fall 2016. If you are new to boating, or new to boating around Marco Island, the U.S. Flotilla 95 has a class for you.

Boating Skills & Seamanship

This course covers a variety of important topics and provides information that will help attendees become better boaters. Topics covered include rules of the nautical road, “highway signs,” equipment, boat handling, boating laws, safety, navigation, radio, lines and knots, and weather. A textbook is provided. The class meets twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays) for four weeks, from 7- 9:30 PM, on July 11- August 4, and on October 3 -27.

Boaters Local Knowledge – Marco Island Area 

This course provides practical information on how to navigate various waterways in and around Marco Island. Aerial and on-water photos are used throughout the course to allow attendees to actually see the areas they will be taking their boats through. This course is recommended for new, novice, and intermediate boaters, or boaters who are new to this area. October 31st from 9 AM to 12:30 PM.

Boater’s Local Knowledge Backwater Edition – 10,000 Islands Area

This course begins where Boater’s Local Knowledge ends, and provides those who want to explore the backwaters of the 10,000 Islands with the information they will need to safely navigate this unique area. Geography, tides and other factors that will influence boaters navigating in these waters are thoroughly discussed. Aerial photos are used extensively in this

Instructor Randy Harris conducts on the water training. Photos by Laurie Harris

Instructor Randy Harris conducts on the water training. Photos by Laurie Harris

course to aid boaters in knowing where to go…and where not to go. Six routes into the 10,000 Islands are reviewed in the class. This course is recommended for intermediate boaters and above. November 2nd from 9 AM to 12:30 PM.

GPS for Mariners

This course focuses on hands-on practical exercises with a Global Positioning Unit (GPS). Attendees are each given a Garmin 72 hand-held unit for their personal use during the course, and will learn how to use it. The course is presented over two days, three hours per day. November 2nd and 4th from 9 AM to 12 PM.

Suddenly In Command 

This course is a full-day program that includes classroom and on-the-water instruction. It is designed for “First Mates” or boaters who someday may find themselves “suddenly in command” of a vessel. Do you know how to use the radio to get help? Do you know how to read your position and report it? Do you know how to operate your boat? If not, this course may be for you. All attendees will operate a boat during this course and become familiar with the use of the VHF radio, GPS and safety equipment.  November 3rd from 9 AM to 2 PM.

Weekend Navigator 

This eight hour class is given over the course of two days and covers electronic navigation tools and the use of paper charts to navigate and plot a course. It also covers the effect of tides, currents and wind on navigation.  October 19th and 21st, 9 AM to 1 PM.

For additional program information and registration, please email Joe Riccio at or call 239-384-7416.

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