Would you know what to do if the boat operator fell overboard or became incapacitated? Most people think safe boating classes are only for boat operators but everyone on board a recreational boat should have some boating knowledge.
Knowing how to drop anchor, radio for help, or steer the boat to safety are important skills that require some knowledge of navigation and boating. Even experienced boaters who know the rules can become complacent or distracted. Simply knowing the importance of being a good look-out can prevent an accident.
The US Coast Guard Auxiliary recommends all boaters take the safe boating class. This class is required for all Maryland boat operators born after July 1, 1972, and all boat operators in Virginia and New Jersey waters. A certificate is awarded upon completion of the course. The cost is $15 for materials.
Classes will be held at the Ocean Pines Library on July 9-11 and Sept. 3-5 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information or to register, contact Barry Cohen at 410 935-4807 or CGAUXOC@Gmail.com.