Coast Guard Auxiliary urges safe boating

SEATTLE – Coast Guard Auxiliary, Edmonds Flotilla, is scheduled to hold public classes on boating skills, seamanship, and advanced coastal navigation in September in both South Snohomish and North King County, Wash.

The courses are scheduled to run 13 weeks long on Tuesday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Boating skills and seamanship classes will begin September 11. Advanced coastal navigation classes will begin September 18.

For information on cost, location and content, contact Al Beutler by emailing Boatclasses@hotmail.com or call 206-234-8138.

In 2005, there were approximately 13 million registered recreational vessel owners in the United States. Of the 4,969 boating accidents reported, 697 were fatalities, 3,451 injuries and 38 million dollars in property damage. The most common type of accident was collision with another vessel.

The Coast Guard recommends boaters to keep a look out for Coast Guard Auxiliary booths at local boating events and obtain the latest information on your local boating laws and safety requirements. Schedule a free vessel safety check, and attend the boating classes available in your area. For more information visit the Coast Guard Auxiliary website.

Your local Coast Guard Auxiliary will help you navigate your way to a safe boating season.

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