Seamanship school set

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island flotilla of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will start a Boating Skills and Seamanship (BSS) course on Thursday, Jan. 21, at Mount Desert Island High School. Dedicated auxiliarists with the goal of improving boating safety and saving lives have taught these courses for over 30 years.

BSS students will learn about topics including different types of boats and uses, aids to navigation, chart work, weather and forecasting, nautical rules of the road, safety equipment, electronic equipment, life-saving equipment, theory and nautical knot tying.

“Upon successful completion of the 13-week BSS course, graduates will have the prerequisite knowledge to begin a successful journey in boating and seamanship,” the group said in a statement.

Graduates of the course may receive discounts on boat insurance and are eligible to become members of the auxiliary.

The course is set to start Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. in room 114 at MDIHS. It runs for 13 weeks. The cost is $55, including text, chart and plotting supplies.

Pre-registration is important to become familiar with the materials. Call Lance Funderburk, Seal Harbor, 276-3301, or Al Eggleston, Ellsworth, 667-8518.

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