Auxiliary boater education for Scouts
The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers a wide range of boater education courses to the general public. Coast Guard Auxiliary boater education is particularly well suited for Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts and Venturers. For Boy Scouts who are planning a trip to the Florida Sea Base, taking a Sailing and Seamanship course beforehand should be a priority.
Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts participating in a canoe trek at the Charles L. Sommers Wilderness Canoe Base or a river closer to home should include A Paddler's Guide To Safety as a part of their trip preparation. Sea Scouts would want to attend one of following that best meets their needs:
Auxiliary courses for Scouts
About Boating Safely
– This beginner boating class gives you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat safety certification in many states. Many boat insurance companies offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely. This is a six to eight hour course.
Boating Skills and Seamanship
– This is a comprehensive course designed for both the experienced and the novice boater. It consists of eight core required, two hour lessons plus five elective lessons, providing up-to-date knowledge for handling boats in all conditions.
Sailing Skills and Seamanship
– This course is comprehensive and designed for both experienced and novice sailors. The course is divided into parts: 10 core requirement two-to-four-hour lessons plus six elective lessons that will enhance the skills required for a safe voyage in all conditions.
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Ron Tvorik, BC-ESS - Flotilla 06-01, 9th District (Eastern Region)