One of the best investments you can make regarding boating safety is taking a course provided by local Power Squadron or Coast Guard Auxiliary clubs. Courses cover safety and operational details that will make you much more confident as a skipper. They also save considerably on the cost of boat insurance with many companies.
The Tampa Coast Guard Auxiliary offers a rotating Boating Skills and Seamanship class on Wednesdays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The fee is $40, and boaters can start on any Wednesday. For more information, visit www.cgwebs.net/flotilla79 or call (813) 835-4118.
The Brandon Coast Guard Auxiliary meets the second Tuesday monthly at Brandon Rec Center, 402 E. Sadie Drive in Brandon, at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.cgaux74.org.
To find Coast Guard Auxiliary or Power Squadron groups in other areas, boaters can visit www.boatus.com.
Also, check out the National Safe Boating Week Web site at www.safeboatingcampaign.net.