Archive for Thursday, January 26, 2006

Boating safety course

January 26, 2006

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Perry Lake Flotilla 31-09, will offer a one-day safe boating class to the boating public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 18 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Perry; March 18 in the auditorium at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine, Lawrence; and May 21 at Clinton Lake Marina near Lawrence.

The Kansas Boater Safety Course, developed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, is free of charge.

Concurrent with the Kansas Boater Safety Course, students may elect to take the America's Boating Course. The course includes a textbook and interactive CD, which allows students to review the course anytime. Completion of the America's Boating Course is a prerequisite for On The Water Training, which is also offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. The cost of the America's Boating Course is $20.

Completion of either course will satisfy the educational requirement of the State of Kansas for persons to operate a motorboat, sailboat or personal watercraft.

Topics covered by both courses include boat types and marine motors, pre-underway activities and trailering, boat handling and navigation rules, legal requirements, boating emergencies, operator responsibilities and water sports.

An examination will be administered at the conclusion of the courses.

To pre-register for the course, call Shirley Higgins at 841-1419 or Pam Chaffee at (785) 887-6868.

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