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U.S.C.G. Auxiliary boating courses, Flotilla 2-5 in Maine

June 3 @ 5:30 pm - August 13 @ 8:00 pm

2019 Summer Class Schedule

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Boating Course at Station Boothbay Harbor


Be a better boater: The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers several boating classes to help recreational boaters.

Paddle Sport Safety:  June 3 and 5 from 5:30 PM to 8 PM each night 

Rowing, canoeing, and kayaking are great ways to explore Maine’s beautiful coastline.  Oar and paddle craft are easily transported and launched most anywhere.  It does not take long to get underway and out on the water.  Some Knowledge about basic paddle craft skills can help you get back safely.  Do not underestimate our lakes, streams, and coastal waters because water temperature, wind and strong currents can cause problems.  This introductory course presents information needed to operate paddle craft.  Knowledge and skill make trips much more enjoyable and safer.  Materials developed by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the American Canoe Association are provided.

About Boating Safely: July 7, 9, 14 & 16 from 6 PM to 8 PM each night

An introduction to types of boats, trailering, required safety equipment, legal requirements, navigating waterways, safe operation, boating emergencies and water sports.  The course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).  Successful completion of an optional exam at the end  of the class leads to a certificate that can be used to s how you have taken a boating course.  The certificate is required to operate a boat in most states and Canada.  Many boat insurance companies offer discounts on boating insurance to those who have a certificate.

Suddenly in Command:  June 18 and 20 from 6 PM to 8 PM each night 

Safe boating requires planning and preparation as well as careful operation.  Steps to take to minimize boating problems and basic emergency procedures are covered.  Topics include pre-underway planning, developing situational awareness, understanding how boats handle, introduction to VHF radios including not to get help in an emergency, Coast Guard required safety equipment and regulations, accident assessment and reporting.

Navigating Mid Coast Maine:  Aug 4, 6, 11 & 13 from 6 PM to 8 PM each night 

Make your boating more enjoyable and safer by learning how to read a nautical chart, especially one form the local area.  Become familiar with the coastal waters between Small Point and Pemaquid.  Problem sets with help you plan your cruises of the area and understand the information associated with aids to navigation (buoys and lights).  Topics include true and magnetic headings, variations, lines of position, chart symbols, piloting, latitude and longitude, dead reckoning and aids to navigation.   Course materials include the Three Rivers Chart (#13293) and a copy of chapter on navigation principles.  Cost of the course is $60.  A parallel ruler and dividers are needed and can be purchases separately.


For more information contact:  David Eastwood at 633-4748 or davideastwood@gmail.com 


June 3 @ 5:30 pm
August 13 @ 8:00 pm