Free Boating-Safety Courses Offered in Quincy, MA

Lt. Robert Gillan of Quincy Police Department’s Marina Patrol.
Lt. Robert Gillan of Quincy Police Department’s Marina Patrol.

 

The Quincy, MA, police department will be providing free Basic Boating Safety Courses, starting this Saturday, March 7.

The Quincy Police Marine Unit, in partnership with the Massachusetts Environmental Police, will present 3 Basic Boating Safety Courses at no cost to the public. These courses are designed for persons 12 years old and up, regardless of boating skill.

Courses are nationally approved, and course completion will allow persons to legally operate a boat in states requiring Basic Boating Safety Courses. Everyone who completes the course will be issued a Basic Boating Safety Certificate. Completion of the course by persons between 12 to 16 years of age will allow them to operate a motorboat without adult supervision. In addition, some insurance companies offer policy discounts for customers that complete a Basic Boating Safety Course.

Course Offerings for 2015 are:

MARCH, (March 7, 14, and 21): Course hours Saturdays from 1 PM to 5 PM
MARCH-APRIL, (March 28, April 4 and 11): Course hours Saturdays from 1 PM to 5 PM
APRIL-MAY, (April 28, May 5, and 12): Course hours Tuesday Evenings 6 PM till 10 PM

All of the above courses will be taught at the Hough’s Neck Maritime Center, located at 137 Bay View Ave. (next to the Quincy Yacht Club on Sea Street).

To register for a course go to the Massachusetts Environmental Police Department website.

Then click on “Boat and Recreational Vehicle Safety Bureau” and choose “Boating Safety Information”. Then click on “Boat Massachusetts Course Schedule” and follow the instructions.

For more information please call the Massachusetts Environmental Police Department at (508) 564-4961.