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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers boating skills and seamanship course

January 21, 2010 | 11:12 am

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary member Victor Bruno assists a student learning ocean navigation.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering an eight-week course on boating skills and seamanship beginning Jan. 26 at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey.

Useful to both novice and experienced power- and sail-boaters, some of the topics that will be covered include boat trailering, handling and powering, safety equipment, navigation, wind and weather, and federal and state boating requirements.

Classes will be held Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. through March 16. A lines and knots workshop at no additional charge will be offered at 7 p.m. beginning with the second class.

The fee for the course is $80, and includes a 400-page, fully illustrated Boating Skills and Seamanship textbook. Registration can be completed online or by calling (818) 239-4770.

Upon passing an exam at the end of the eight weeks, students will receive a certificate which may qualify them for a discount on their boaters' insurance.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary assist the U.S. Coast Guard in non-law enforcement programs such as public education, vessel safety checks, safety patrols, search and rescue, maritime security and environmental protection, as well as Coast Guard Academy introduction programs for youth. Auxiliarists also serve side-by-side with active-duty members of the Coast Guard team at their stations and in times of disaster.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary member Victor Bruno assists a student learning ocean navigation. Credit: Steve Lee / U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

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