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USCG safe boating class is Saturday in Deltaville

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 62, of Deltaville will offer an About Boating Safety (ABS) class at its USCG Auxiliary Training Center, 83 Ball Park Rd., Deltaville, this Saturday, May 11, and on Saturday, June 8. The class will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and there will be a 45-minute break for lunch on your own.

Completions of either of these classes will enable a boater to meet the Virginia requirements for a boater safety course.

The class is free of charge and participants may purchase an ABS textbook to keep for $20.

Please call 301-741-3513 or email to re-serve a seat. Walk-ins also are welcome.

The USCG Auxiliary is also offering Friends & Family Classes. “All you need to do is gather up five or more of your friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers and we will provide a private boater safety class for you at a location of your choice or at our Deltaville Training Center,” said a flotilla spokesperson.

The changes in Virginia law requirements include as of July 1, 2012, all PWC operators age 14 and older must complete a boating safety course. The next phase-in of the Education Compliance Requirement for all Virginia boaters, beginning July 1, 2013, is that all motorboat operators ages 40 and younger need to take a boating safety course. No person under the age of 14 may operate a PWC.

posted 05.08.2013

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