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MarineMax schedules boating safety course in Florida

The course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 2 at the MarineMax Panama City Beach facility.

MarineMax said its Panama City Beach store will team with local Coast Guard Auxiliary officers to host its annual safe-boating course.

The course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 2 at the MarineMax Panama City Beach facility. The program is designed to familiarize a novice or intermediate boater with boat handling and safety. It also can be a refresher course for more experienced boaters

“This informative, hands-on course is a seminar version of the USCG Auxiliary’s popular online course,” MarineMax Panama City Beach sales consultant and broker Bob Fowler said in a statement. “We try to have fun while interacting with personal instructors by sharing important safety practices, operational skills and maintenance advice that will keep you and your family protected while on the water.”

The cost is $35 per participant and $20 for each additional family member and is payable by cash or personal check to the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The fee includes classroom materials and lunch.

Topics to be covered include general boating basics and knowledge; restrictions and regulations; required and recommended safety equipment; how to safely operate and navigate a boat; and how to handle problems.

The seminar also will cover trailering, storing and protecting a boat and how to properly operate when hunting, fishing, waterskiing or boating on a river.

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