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Welcome to the Flotilla 41-4, District 9WR Web Site

US Coast Guard Auxiliary 

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

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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 attend a meeting.

Our next Flotilla meeting will be held on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7:00 pm. 

Location : Virtual/ Zoom mix (until further notice)

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

Boating Safety Classes 2024



PLEASE READ:  Due to Covid-19 our classes will be held virtually.  

NOTE: In Illinois anyone born on or after January 1, 1998, must take a boating safety class to operate a motorized water vessel. Wisconsin does not accept the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Safety Card as proof of having taken a class unless you take it in the state you live, if you live in Wisc. Classes taught by the Auxiliary in Wisconsin will be eligible to get a State Issued card. Check with a Wisconsin flotilla for more information. For this reason, we only accept students in IL, MI, and IN.   

Each student must have video capability and will be required to be on video on their own device. Sharing a device is not allowed. 

 See below for more details. 

If you have questions email and we will respond ASAP.


                                              Sign up now for our 2024 Classes.

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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 

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