By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- Although the upcoming school year is on the horizon, Brevard County residents are lucky to enjoy a plethora of water activities throughout the year.
One organization is making sure the community enjoys Brevard's waterways in a safe and responsible manner.
On Saturday, July 27, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is hosting its About Boating Safely class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class will be held at the Sal Martinez Boating Safety Building on Palm Bay Road.
Cost for the 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.
Currently, Florida law requires that those born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, complete an approved boater education course before operating a vessel with a motor of 10 horsepower of 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 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 their 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, July 27 from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. at the Sal Martinez Boating Safety Building on Palm Bay Road. Cost for the course is $35 and includes lunch.
For more information, or to register, call Bromley Ball at (321) 723-9024.