Coast Guard Auxiliary to offer boating safety courses


The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Jacksonville Beach Flotilla 14-4 is offering boating safety courses in the Jacksonville area over the next several months.

Courses will be offered March 10, April 14 and Sept. 15 at the Palm Valley Community Center at 148 Canal Blvd. in Ponte Vedra Beach. A course will also be held Oct. 6 at the Sea School located at 14180 Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville. All classes are held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Titled “About Boating Safety,” the class includes demonstrations of boating basics and covers such topics as navigation, in-water survival, knot tying, state and federal boating laws and regulations and more. A Florida and federal course examination is given at the conclusion of the course.

Successfully passing the course will earn participants the Coast Guard Auxiliary Course Completion Card and Florida Boating Safety Education ID Card.

The fee for the course is $25 (cash or personal check), which covers training materials. Two students can share course materials for a total registration fee of $30. Participants can enroll as an individual or with family members and/or friends. Attendees should bring lunch and refreshments with them.

For more information and to enroll, contact Bill Vaughan at (904) 955-7077 or at