Brigantine Flotilla 85 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct its final two “About Boating Safely” classes Saturdays, July 8 and Aug. 12 at the Brigantine Beach Community Center, 265 42nd St. Each class will run eight hours, and lunch will be provided. To register call 609-926-7607 and leave a message or email boatsafely@comcast.net. A $60 prepaid registration is required. Classes are held 

Summer is here, the water is getting warm, and the boating season is in full swing. Our boating safety classes have been well attended. The goal of our classes is to prevent tragedy through education.

Statistics support the fact that education saves lives. The overwhelming majority of people killed each year in boating accidents never had any form of boating safety education. Taking a boating safety course, along with wearing a life jacket, are the two best things you can do to ensure your safety out on the water.

All operators of power vessels and personal watercraft — Jet Ski, Wave Runner, etc. — on waters of the state of New Jersey, regardless of age, are required to possess a New Jersey boating safety certificate. The certificate is issued upon completion of the About Boating Safely class and passing of the test.

The class is a must for all beginning boaters and a great refresher on boating safety for operators of all experience levels. Among the topics covered are proper use of life jackets, required safety equipment, and the U.S. Aids to Navigation System including types of buoys and beacons. Boating law and procedures for handling boating problems such as hypothermia, boating accidents, man overboard recovery and running aground will also be covered.

The classes are taught by qualified U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors. Class information is also on our website at uscgaux-brigantine-nj.org. Like us on Facebook. Take a safety course, boat smart, boat sober and wear a life jacket!