By Amanda Anderson
PALM BAY -- Summer has arrived and so has the surge of water-based activities.
As many Brevard residents prepare to fulfill their summer plans, one organization is making sure people do so responsibly.
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will host its About Boating Safely class on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sal Martinez Boating Safety Building on Palm Bay Road. The cost of the ABS class is $35 and includes lunch.
"We hold this class every other month, typically on the last Saturday of the month," said Robert Triebell of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. "This specific class was moved to the first Saturday of June, due to the Memorial Day weekend."
Currently, Florida law requires that those born on or after January 1, 1988, complete an approved boater education course before operating a vessel with a motor of 10 horsepower or more.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary -- the uniformed civilian, volunteer component of Team Coast Guard -- assists active duty Coast Guard in all of its missions, except for military and direct law enforcement.
The About Boating Safely class teaches boaters the basics of boating safety and allows those who participate to obtain a Boating Safety Card from both the Auxiliary and the state of Florida.
"The items that we cover in the class include an introduction to boating, boating law, boating safety equipment, safe boating, navigation, boating problems and trailering, storing and protecting your boat," Mr. Triebell added.
"This beginner boating course will provide a boater with the basics to have confidence on the water," Mr. Triebell said. "It will introduce the novice boater in the proper use of his or her boat and the necessary equipment to operate it safely."
Mr. Triebell also said that boaters who successfully complete this course may be able to obtain discounts on boating insurance.
"This is a great beginning class or refresher course for anyone who loves boating and being on the water," Mr. Triebell said. "The more knowledge you have, the better your boating experience will be."
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary About Boating Safely class is Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sal Martinez Boating Safety Building in Palm Bay. Cost for the course is $35 and includes lunch.
For more information, or to register, contact Bromley Ball at (321) 724-4475.