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Seamanship course builds confidence for safe boating

staff report • Feb 8, 2013 at 8:07 AM

The Tri-Cities Boating Club, Johnson City Sail & Power Squadron, will offer a comprehensive course on seamanship beginning Feb. 20.

The class will meet from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays for nine weeks in room L106 in the Wayne G. Basler Library on the Blountville campus of Northeast State Community College.

Pre-registration is required and a modest fee will cover course materials.

This seamanship course is a natural first step in building a foundation for confidence and competence for safe and enjoyable boating on the water. It extends the knowledge and skills of the boater in handling and maneuvering a vessel, either sail or power.

The course provides a better understanding of how boats behave under various conditions including close quarters and open water operations. Knowledge and skills are increased in the areas of anchoring, emergencies, rules of the road and marlinspike/basic knots.

Appendices include information to safe operations in waters of Canada and Mexico. An on-the-water component enhances the learning experience.

The Tri-Cities Boating Club is a member of the United States Power Squadron, a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects.

Squadron members are boating families who contribute to their communities by promoting safe boating through education.

To register or for more information, call Mitch Meredith at (423) 794-7179 or e-mail tricitiesboating@gmail.com

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