Ahoy! Safe boating course to set sail



Beginning Jan. 1, all recreational boaters 45 years of age or younger are required to obtain the California Boater Card issued by the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways.

All boat operators must take an approved boating safety course prior to applying for a card.

A Boat America eight-hour online conference course will take place starting at 8:30 a.m. Sat., Jan. 29.

The in-depth boating safety course is approved by the state of California and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

The course is taught by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Ventura County division.

Boat America is a certificate class that provides the knowledge needed to obtain the Boater Card. The class covers introduction to boating, boating law, boat safety equipment, safe boating practices, navigation, common boating problems, trailering, storing and protecting your boat, and guidelines for fishing, water skiing and river boating.

Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete Boat America.

The class costs $25, which includes textbook and certificate.

For more information and to register, send an email to Patrick Newburn, flotilla commander, at auxnewburn@gmail.com or call (818) 388-2796.

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