Handful of seats left for OBX U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boating safety course

(Submitted/OBX U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary)

Only a few seats remain for the OBX U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary “Boat America” boating safety course that will be held May 11, 2024 at the Southern Shores Fire Department from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This course satisfies North Carolina boat operator education requirements and includes the following topics:

  • Introduction to Boating – Types of boats, engines, boating terms, sailboats, paddle craft, powerboats.
  • Boating Law – Boat registration, regulations, hull identification numbers, required safety equipment, Federal boating law, state boating law, and reporting accidents.
  • Safety Equipment – Life jackets, fire extinguishers, sound-producing devices, visual distress signals, anchors, and other safety equipment.
  • Safe Operation and Navigation – Buoys and beacons, aids to navigation, navigation rules, docking, and the dangers of alcohol on the water.
  • Boating Emergencies – Hypothermia, boating accidents, man overboard, capsizing, emergency radio calls, carbon monoxide dangers, and weather.
  • Trailering – Types of trailers, lights, hitches, towing a trailer.
  • Sports and Boating – Water-skiing, hunting and hunting gear, PWC operation, and other boating tips.

All classes are taught by certified Coast Guard Auxiliary Instructors. Tuition is $30 for the 1st family member, $25 for each additional family member, and includes all materials.

All boaters born on or after January 1, 1988 who operate a motorized watercraft of 10 HP or more must have a valid NC Boater Education Card on board. If that’s you, sign up today for the one-day certified class.

Register now during open enrollment for the Outer Banks U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Boat America Boating Safety Class. Seats are limited.

To register, click here.

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