STRATFORD — U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 24-2 is offering its About Boating Safely course on Sunday, Sept. 16.
In 2017, the Coast Guard reported that recreational boating claimed 658 lives in the U.S., and of the 500 who drowned, 85 percent weren’t wearing a life jacket. Where instruction was known, 81 percent of deaths occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction.
The cost of the class is $50 per student. Pre-registration is required. To register call 203-381-2085. Flotilla 24-2 is located at the foot of Birdseye Street, Stratford, at the Birdseye Boat Ramp.
About Boating Safely is an 8-hour course, starting at 8 a.m. Successful completion of this course satisfies the Connecticut licensing requirements for both boats and personal watercraft. Instruction will cover all the basic topics involved in the safe operation of recreational boating and seamanship.
All students will need to obtain a state of CT Conservation ID Number before taking the ABS/PWC class. To register for a free ID number, visit https://ct.aspirafocus.com/InternetSales/Sales.