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US Coast Guard Auxiliary 

Flotilla 9WR-41-04, Fox Lake, Illinois 

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Boating Safety Classes 2019


 NOTE: In Illinois anyone born on or after January 1, 1998 must take a boating safety class to operate motorized water vessel.  Click here for more information. 

Sign up now for our 2019 Classes 

                          Choose a date/time below from our two locations:  

                                                       Fox Lake and Wauconda

Cost is $35 per person

Register Now to Reserve Your Seat

Please complete registration form below for each attendee. A confirmation email will be sent with payment instructions. Thank you!

This beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely.


Introduction to Boating - Types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; paddle boats; houseboats; different uses of boats; various power boating engines; jet drives; family boating basics.

Boating Law - Boat registration; boating regulation; hull identification number; required boat safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; Federal boat law; state boating laws; personal watercraft requirements.

Boat Safety Equipment - Personal flotation devices ("life jackets"); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; dock lines and rope; first aid kit; anchors and anchor lines; other boating safety equipment. About Boating Safely

Safe Boating - Bow riding; alcohol and drug abuse; entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks; steering with a tiller and a wheel; docking, undocking and mooring; knots; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather and tides; using charts; choosing and using an anchor; safe PWC handling; general water safety.

Navigation - The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWC "tunnel vision."

Boating Problems - Hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; man overboard recovery; capsizing; running aground; river hazards; strainers: emergency radio calls; engine problems; equipment failures; carbon monoxide (CO); other boating and PWC problems.

Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat - Types of trailers; trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading, balancing, and towing a trailer; towing (and backing) a trailer; boat launching and retrieving; boat storage and theft protection; launching, retrieving and storing a PWC.

Hunting and Fishing, Water-skiing and River Boating - Carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat; fishing from a boat; water-skiing safety guidelines and hand signals; water-skiing with a PWC; navigating rivers, and other boating tips.

For Class Description and Directions Click Here 

Flotilla 41-4 Meeting

Our meetings are open to visitors so if you are interested in hearing more about what we do feel free to to attend a meeting.

Our next Flotilla meeting will be Monday August 20th  at 7:30PM.

Location : Fox Lake Community Center, 23 South Street, Fox Lake IL  60020

 The meeting will be preceded by Member Training at 7PM.  Guests are welcome for both meetings and Member Training. 


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