Coast guard auxiliary offers boating classes
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The Santa Cruz and Capitola flotillas of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer three boating safety classes this winter to promote safety in the Monterey Bay.

Completing a course may result in a reduction of boating insurance premiums, according to class organizers.

Classes meet downstairs at 365-A Lake Ave. at the Santa Cruz Harbor, near the boat yard, across from “S” dock.

Attendees can register for a class during the first meeting or email Wally Smith at

  • Boating Skills and Seamanship will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays for 13 weeks starting Jan. 16. There are no prerequisites for the course. Attendees will gain a basic understanding of how to operate vessels and boat trailers safely. Experienced power boaters and sailors will enhance their knowledge of power boating. There is a $60 fee for course materials.
  • Sailing Skills and Seamanship began Thursday, Jan. 10, and will meet each Thursday for 15 weeks.  There are no prerequisites for this course. Those new to sailing will learn the fundamentals, while experienced sailors will deepen their understanding of sailing theory. There is a $55 materials fee.
  • Coastal Navigation begins Jan. 14 and meets at 7:30 p.m. Mondays for 15 weeks. Students must have completed one of the above courses during a previous session. During this practical, hands-on course, participants will learn all aspects of coastal navigation, including electronic navigation using radar and GPS. The fee for course materials is $70.

For information: Wally Smith,; or

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