The Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron (MISPS) has made it easy to obtain a Florida Boating Safety Education certificate and ID card. Course completion and receipt of this card also qualifies most boaters for substantial discounts on their boat insurance. Anyone 21 years and younger or with certain boating citations must have this card to legally operate a boat in Florida.
America’s Boating Course, 3rd Edition, certified by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, will be available to anyone on Monday, Nov. 9. Registration will begin at 2 p.m., at MISPS, 1114 North Collier Blvd. The course and course materials are free. The course will begin at 6 p.m., Nov. 9 and will continue on Nov. 12, 16 and 18.
Participants will receive a 244-page full-color illustrated book that can be used for future reference. The course covers safety equipment, navigation, finding your way, anchoring, adverse conditions and emergencies, communications, water sports safety, PWC operation, knots and lines and trailering.
Cliff Winings, the course coordinator, said, “The course has been extensively revised and rewritten to address new technological developments and meet the updated Florida safety certification requirements.” Winings also said a completely new Introduction to Navigation is included in optional fifth and sixth sessions. This section is an introduction to basic piloting and navigation skills and use of GPS.
Cliff Winings urges everyone interested in saving money and being safe on the water to contact him at (239) 394-2344 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.