ASTORIA - An 8-week Public Safe Boating Course will begin Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Arts Building at Clatsop Community College. The book for the course is $35, and the plotter and divider needed for the class is $12.50. Couples or friends can share the book. The eight-week course will include six weeks of instruction on the fundamentals of safe boat handling, one week for review and discussion of state and local boating laws and the final week for an exam.

The course meets the standards of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and participants completing the course will receive a certificate to qualify for the mandatory Boater Education Card. Beginning January 2007, all Oregon boaters 60 and under must have a card to operate a boat greater than 10 horsepower. Personal Watercraft Operators (PWC) also need a card. Boating insurance discounts are provided to boaters with the card.

The course will be taught by experienced boaters and qualified instructors from the Lower Columbia Power Squadron and Buoy Flotilla 64 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Jointly they have taught this course for over 10 years. For pre-registration and more information about the course, contact Dennis Johnson 503-325-5311 or Ron Collman 503-861-1368.

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