A safe boating course will be presented at Middlesex Middle School beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday Jan. 9, continuing on consecutive Wednesday evenings for six classes, a review and an exam. The class will be presented by members of the Darien Sail & Power Squadron.
Emphasizing basic coastal boating skills, the course covers basic boat handling and seamanship, equipment and regulations, an introduction to charts and aids to navigation, basic piloting, and navigation rules. The course is directed at general, practical issues of interest to all boaters, and is not targeted to either power or sail. Graduates of the course are awarded a diploma that is recognized by the state in their award of the Safe Boating Certificate.
Members of this course will be invited to join in the squadron’s spring refresher — a morning of on-the-water activities in mid-May.The on-the-water program will allow students to practice what they learned in the classroom: the use of charts, radios, lines, anchoring, and more. This program that mixes classroom and on-the-water activities and has become very popular as students are assigned to boats in small groups, with everyone taking part in the exercises.
This course also meets the requirements for the Coastal Boater Endorsement, recently introduced by the State’s DEEP Boating Division. This supplement to the Safe Boating Certificate recognizes students who complete courses that are more comprehensive than the minimum requirements.
The State’s Safe Boating Certificate regulations apply to all operators of vessels registered in the state, regardless of age. The cost of the class ($95), includes the text book, charts and plotting equipment.