The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a two-part boating safety course two Saturdays this month in Astoria.

Anyone older than 18 can take the introductory course, which emphasizes recreational boating safety for the Pacific Northwest.

Students will learn the proper procedures for getting under way and the basic skills necessary for safely handling a vessel. Other discussion topics include waterway navigation, safety equipment, boating problems and emergencies, and legal requirements for boating in Oregon. Many insurance companies offer discounts to graduates of the boating education course, according to the Auxiliary.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, nonmilitary volunteer civilians who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement. These men and women can be found on the nation's waterways, in the air, in classrooms and on the dock, performing Maritime Domain Awareness patrols, safety patrols, vessel safety checks and public education.

A $45 fee includes materials for the upcoming course. Classes are 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 12 and May 19 at Englund Marine Supply, 29 Portway Drive in Astoria. For more information, contact Ron Collman at 861-1368.

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