Coast Guard Auxiliary to offer boating safety summer courses

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POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Manasquan Inlet has announced the dates of its boating safety classes for 2021.

The About Boating Safely classes, required by the state to operate a personal watercraft and any other power vessel, will give boaters insight into how to keep themselves and their families safe while on the water this year.

The station will hold classes on Saturdays, June 5, June 12, July 10 and Sept. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Thompson Park in Lincroft.

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Those interested in registering should call Monmouth County Parks System at 732-842-4000. The cost of the eight-hour course and New Jersey State Police test is $75.

“We are excited to get out there and start teaching boaters the importance of recreational boating safety,” said Flotilla Commander John Fisher. “Not being able to host classes during the pandemic was frustrating to us and boaters alike, but we are ready to accept students through our fantastic partners at the Monmouth County Parks System in a safe manner.”

“Recreational boating safety is our number one priority in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and we love helping boaters be as safe as possible on the water,” said Flotilla Staff Officer of Public Education John Scordato. “According to the latest data from the U.S. Coast Guard, 70 percent of deaths occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction. This is a clear cut way to be a safer boater.”

The auxiliary will hold multiple About Boating Safely classes throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties. Information is posted on the auxiliary’s website and Facebook. For further questions, contact 732-592-9167 or uscgaux1607@gmail.com.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas, according to a release. For more information, visit www.cgaux.org.

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