Miami Lakes

Boating safety courses to be offered throughout summer

Miami Lakes and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary have teamed to host two boating safety education courses throughout July and August.

The classes will be taught on Saturdays at the Mary Collins Community Center, 15151 NW 82nd Ave., and prices range from $10 to $30 per person, depending on the course.

Lessons will be taught using standards set by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Miami Lakes Councilman Ceasar Mestre who spearheaded the effort to get the classes started, says the intention behind the courses is to educate boaters on proper safety measures.

“I think a lot of our residents enjoy boating, they have boats ad go out on weekends with their families,” Mestre said. “And I know a lot of people just buy a boat and learn as they go, and if you don’t know what you’re doing you can get in trouble real fast.”

The Suddenly in Command boating safety class begins Saturday and runs to Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at a price of $10 per-person.

This course is designed for passengers, and will focus on what to do if the captain of the vessel is out of commission. Emergency response, and ways to minimize mishaps will be among the topics covered in this class.

On July 25 and Aug. 29 the About Boating Safety course will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a price of $30 per person. This is a boating class that will help participants obtain their Florida Boater’s Identification Card, and will teach topics such as boating law, boating safety, navigation and trailering.

For more information or to register for these classes, please contact Bill Knickerbocker at or at 305-827-0190.