The Mount Desert Island flotilla of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will be starting the Boating Skills and Seamanship (BS&S) course on Thursday, January 16, at Mount Desert Island High School. Dedicated Auxiliarists with the goal of improving boating safety and saving lives have taught these courses for over thirty years.
BS&S students will learn about a variety of topics which include: different types of boats and uses, aids to navigation, chartwork, weather and forecasting, nautical rules of the road, safety equipment, electronic equipment, life-saving equipment, theory and nautical knot tying.
Upon successful completion of the thirteen-week BS&S course, graduates will have the prerequisite knowledge to begin a successful journey in boating and seamanship. Other benefits include possible boat insurance reductions and the opportunity to become active members in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as well. In these times of heightened awareness of our national security needs, the volunteers of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are there to help the Coast Guard wherever and whenever needed on land, sea or in the air.
BS&S will start on Thursday, January 16, at 7:00 P.M. in room 113 at MDI High School. The course costs $50.00, including text, chart and plotting supplies.
Pre-registration is important to become familiar with the material prior to the start of classes. For pre-registration information:
Call: Lance Funderburk, Seal Harbor, 276-3301, or Billie Lear, Hancock, 667-5790.