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State boating safety course set for Connecticut

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 24-01, Branford, Conn., will teach the course required to obtain a state Boating/Personal Watercraft Operator certificate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at its new base shared with VFW Post 12106 located at 99 Indian Neck Ave., in Branford.

Pre-registration is required. No walk-ins are permitted. There are no age restrictions for this class.

The cost for the About Boating Safely course is $65 per person and includes coffee, soda, snacks and lunch for those who sign up. The cost includes all materials needed to attend and complete the course. A proctored exam follows full completion of the course. Certificates for passing scores will be delivered after a test is complete.

Topics include:

• Boat Safety Equipment: Personal flotation devices ("life jackets"); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; dock lines and rope; first-aid kit; anchors and anchor lines; other boating safety equipment.

• Navigation: The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWC "tunnel vision."

• Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat: Types of trailers; trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading, balancing, and towing a trailer; towing (and backing) a trailer; boat launching and retrieving; boat storage and theft protection; launching, retrieving and storing a PWC.

Visit the flotilla’s website for the registration form.