The New Bern area Coast Guard Auxiliary will present a one-day course on Saturday, April 20 to provide new and limited experienced boaters the know-how to legally operate a boat on North Carolina waterways. It also could result in a lower boat insurance premium.

The class, taught by certified USCG Auxiliary instructors, is open to all and satisfies the educational requirement to legally operate a boat in NC with 10 or more horsepower (applicable for residents born on or after Jan. 1, 1998). The course runs from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m. at the New Bern Yacht Club, 1206 Brice’s Creek Road, New Bern.

A fee of $35 covers instruction as well as the text, certificate of completion and wallet card to have on board your boat. Additional family members or guests using the same text pay only $5.

About Boating Safely will introduce you to all types of boats; boating law; right-of-way rules; safety equipment; loading, fueling and docking; knots; weather considerations; aids to navigation; using charts; anchoring; trailering and protecting your boat or PWC; plus information on potential boating problems and how to handle them.  Registrants also are invited to bring their trailered boats to the parking lot for a free vessel inspection.

To register or additional questions, call Mike Ott at (252) 288-4856, or visit .  Be sure to include your name, names of family members/guests who may also be interested, and your telephone number

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the United States Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. Visit to learn more about the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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