New year, new boat? This Lake Park class can keep you safe


If one of your Christmas presents is docked at a marina, you may want to check this out. 

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The Palm Beach Power Squadron hosts a safe boating class once a month, and it’s coming up this weekend. The class at the squadron’s headquarters covers knowing your boat, fueling procedures, navigation rules, anchoring, emergencies and other topics.

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It runs 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1125 Old Dixie Highway, ½ mile south of Northlake Boulevard. A review and 60-question exam begins 2 p.m. Sunday. Passing the test earns you a Florida Boating Safety Education ID Card, which the state requires for every person born after Jan. 1, 1988, operating a boat powered by a motor with 10 hp or more.

The course costs $30 a person, but students ages 12 to 19 will be admitted free when accompanied by a parent. Registration is 8:15 a.m. Saturday.

For more information, call Bill Eldridge at 561-254-5609.


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