Coast Guard Schedules Boating Safety Program
United Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering "About Boating Safely" on Sat. February 27th, and Sun. February 28th, at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center on Sand Key 1001 Gulf Blvd., at 8:00 a.m. sharp. Topics include: Boating Emergencies, Know Your Boat, Getting Underway, Navigating, Operating Your Boat Safely, and Legal Requirements.
Adult and youth graduates receive a "Florida State Certification Card." For more information and to register contact Ann Bennett, Staff Officer-Public Education, at (727) 469-8895, e-mail: email@example.com, or visit the website at http://a0701101.uscgaux.info.
Free voluntary vessel checks are being provided on Saturday, Feb. 27th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Seminole Boat Ramp, 198 Seminole St., Clearwater. Vessel checks will also be held at the recently opened Belleair Boat Ramp on the east side of the new Belleair Bridge. The vessel checks will continue thought the year at both locations on the fourth Saturday of each month. Life jackets, fire extinguishers, and distress signals are just some of the items that are required by federal and Florida regulations. The Coast Guard also suggests boaters equip their vessels with a marine VHF radio, GPS device, and EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon).
Additionally you can call to schedule a Vessel Safety Check at your boat dock. For Vessel Safety Check information, contact Dale Folsom, Staff Officer-Vessel Examiner at (813) 600-9319 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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