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San Carlos Bay Power Squadron offers chart reading, boating courses

December 27, 2017
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

America's Boating Course

The State of Florida passed legislation requiring anyone born after Jan. 1, 1988 to have passed a safe boating course and obtain a Boating Safety Education ID card, which is valid for life, in order to operate a boat with more than 10 horsepower.

The San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, that serves South Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Springs, and Estero will be offering "America's Boating Course" This is a two part class beginning Saturday, Jan. 6 from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This course is recognized by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. Each student will receive a card/certificate from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission upon completion of the class. The course consists of two sessions on consecutive Saturdays. The second session will be on Saturday, Jan. 13 also from 8:15 a.m. To 12:30 p.m. Topics covered include hull design, docking, anchoring, handling boating emergencies, reading channel markers and many other topics to make each boating experience safer and more enjoyable. Successful completion of this course entitles the boater to six months free membership in the United States Power Squadrons with the purchase of a 12-month membership. In addition, students who join the squadron will also be eligible for a free three hour On The Water training session.

The cost of the course is $60 or $80 for two people sharing instruction materials The cost includes lunch after the second Saturday class.

The course is being taught at the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron Classroom located at 16048 San Carlos Blvd. at the corner of Kelly Road (across from ACE Hardware). Students can register online at or call the office 239-466-4040 and leave a message.

Local Waters Chart Reading class

The San Carlos Bay Power Squadron will be conducting its popular Local Waters Chart Reading class on Saturday, Jan. 20 , from 8 a.m. to noon. The class will be held at the squadron classroom located at 16048 San Carlos Blvd. in Fort Myers. The class will teach students how to read our local waters Chart Number 11427. Students will learn the basics of latitude and longitude, how to find where they are and how to get to where they want to go and how to take bearings.

While we have a very limited number of charts in the classroom, students are strongly urged to bring chart 11427 to class. Charts are best purchased online from Ocean Grafix. Be sure to order the MAPFOLD version of #11427. The cost of the class is $45 for a single and $70 for two people sharing the materials. The cost includes a divider and a plotter. Students can register on line at Or call 239-466-4040 and leave a message.



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