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CHARLESTON — A seamanship course starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Coos Bay Squadron Building, 90346 Guano Rock Lane, in the Charleston Marina. Registration is required. For additional information or to register, call Al Swanson at 541-888-6178.

This class is beyond the ABCs and it will help build boating confidence and competency for safety and fun on-the-water adventures. Seamanship provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in boat handling and maneuvering, boat operation, skipper's responsibilities, and boating techniques that will advance your boating enjoyment.

For both sail and power boats, Seamanship covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Types of boats and how they behave on the water
  • Anchoring in various conditions
  • Docking and line handling
  • Close quarter maneuvering
  • Rules of the road
  • Communication with other boats
  • How to respond to various emergencies
  • Marlinespike/basic knots

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This course is normally completed in eight two-hour sessions: six sessions of study, one session of review and one session for the exam. Class will meet each Wednesday through October. Cost for the course is $55 to Power Squadron members and $80 to nonmembers.