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Here’s why you should take a safe boating class this weekend


Palm Beach Power Squadron is offering its once-a-month safe boating course this weekend, and it’s free for teens whose parents come along with them.

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The class is this weekend at the squadron’s headquarters, 1125 Old Dixie Highway, a half-mile south of Northlake Boulevard, in Lake Park. The class is 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with a break for lunch.

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Students will learn about knowing the boat, fueling procedures, navigation rules, anchoring, emergencies and other topics. There will be a review and 60-question exam starting at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Passing the test earns a Florida Boating Safety Education ID card, which Florida requires by the state for everyone born after Jan. 1, 1988, operating a vessel with a motor of 10 hp or more.

The course is $30 per person, but those 12 to 19 years old will be admitted free when accompanied by a parent.

Registration is 8:15 Saturday. For more information, call Bill Eldridge at 561 254-5609.


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