The Kennebec River Sail & Power Squadron, a nonprofit organization, will offer the America’s Boating Course throughout the region. The course is designed to familiarize boater’s with fundamentals of safe boat handling and operation and to be qualified for certification in most states and Canada that require boating education before operation of any watercraft, according to a news release from Phyllis Jones, educational officer for the squadron.

The course is required in Maine for operation of a personal watercrafts (such as a jet ski) for 16- to 18-year-olds. They must show proof of course and birth date.

The course includes boat handling, trailering, radio use, rules of the “road,” marine electronics, adverse conditions, emergencies, aids to navigation, required safety equipment, Maine boating laws and more.

Scheduled courses:

• Wednesday, March 18, Gardiner High School, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Gardiner.

• Saturday, April 25, Wilton/Farmington area, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., one day only.

• Saturday, May 2, Clark Marine, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Manchester.

Seminar class:

• Wednesday, April 15, Boating on Rivers, Locks & Lakes, 6-8:30 p.m., Wilton/Farmington area.

Other classes are available. For more information and/or to preregister, call 645-3109 or email at [email protected]. Preregistration is necessary.


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