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Saturday, April 02, 2016

Maryland Safe Boating Course 19, 20, 21 April 2016 - in Ocean Pines Library

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will be conducting its second Safe Boating Class of the year in the Ocean Pines library, 19, 20, 21 April. A record class size for the March class is a great affirmation of the enthusiasm and conscientiousness of the Worcester and Sussex County recreational boaters to do it right.

Are you ready for the season? Perhaps you are starting out in boating, or coming back to it. Regardless, the Maryland Basic Boating Class is a great opportunity to satisfy Maryland requirements and to get practical boating knowledge from state certified Coast Guard Auxiliary Instructors. The course is NASBLA (National Assoc. of State Boating LawAdministrators) approved.

The Maryland Boating Safety Education Act requires that anyone born after July 1, 1972 must possess a Maryland Basic Boating Safety Certificate to operate a boat in the state of Maryland. Those attending the class and passing the test will receive a Maryland Boating Certificate.

Even if you were born before 1 July, 1972, and can ‘shiver your
timbers’ like a buccaneer, the Maryland Basic Boating Course is an ideal way to brush up on your general nautical knowledge and to build your boat handling confidence.Besides the state mandated material,the class will tap the local knowledge and experience of the certified instructors. Topics include: safely navigating and piloting about our Ocean City waters, how to tie basic nautical knots, how to identify bad weather and tactics for boating in foul
weather, nautical terminology, boat trailering, and more. There are also discussions on maintenance and commonmedical issues that can occur while boating.

The course will held April 19, 20, 21 April at the Ocean Pines Library. The three evening course will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end no later than 9:00 p.m. each evening. Space is limited.

Cost for the course is $15.00 and includes all course materials. To register, or if you have questions, please contact:

Barry Cohen at 410-935-4807 or E mail


Anonymous said...

If you have kids contemplating boating, do them a favor and enroll them. I did the course MANY years ago. It pays off Most is common sense.

Anonymous said...

Or, just go to the class down in Nanticoke. Coastie's coach you through the test! Works wonders that way!