With boating season only months away, now is the time to make sure your boat is ready. Here are suggestions to get started:• Make a list of safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, distress signals, life jackets, and be sure to include a throw-able cushion or life ring. Make sure life jackets are in good condition with no ripped seams, broken buckles or straps not attached. Make sure you have the correct number of life jackets you need, and that they are the correct size for people who will be on your boat – including the children.
• Get a boat safety inspection. The vessel examiners in the Cost Guard Auxiliary will inspect boats and discuss the equipment you need to earn a decal. A boat does not have to be in the water for an inspection to be done. Vessel exams are offered 1-4 p.m. the first and third Sunday of the month at River Hills Marina and 1-3 p.m. the last Sunday of the month at Tega Cay Marina. More locations will be added during the year.
• Take a boating safety class. The Coast Guard Auxiliary also holds safe boating classes every month February through November.
The About Safe Boating Class is given the third Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at River Hills Marina Conference Center. Cost is $35, additional family members $10. Registration is requested.
Fore more information, visit a0542602.wow.uscgaux.info or call Tony Esposito, Flotilla 26-02 Staff Officer VE/PE, at 704-576-0821.