Two-day boating course offered

A two-day boating safety course, taught by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, will be held Friday and Saturday at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Whale Sanctuary Building in Kihei.

If both days of the course are completed, that will satisfy the new Hawaii mandatory boat operator education requirement that takes effect Nov. 10, 2014, a news release about the course said.

Friday’s session on the new state law will run from 6 to 9 p.m. The session the next day, the auxiliary’s About Boating Safety course, runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The “About Boating Safely” course covers:

* General information about boats and maintenance.

* Information on preparing for safe and enjoyable outings.

* Navigation rules and aids to navigation.

* Guidelines for operating boats or personal watercraft safely.

* What to do in case of boating emergencies.

* State specific laws and regulations boaters must follow.

Friday night’s session is free if taking Saturday’s class or having taken an “About Boating Safety” class from the auxiliary in the last two years.

The boating safety class costs $35 and includes course text. The cost is payable Friday night via check or cash.

To register, go to the website For more information, call Phylecia Platte at 214-2118.

The Whale Sanctuary Building is located at 726 S. Kihei Road.

Many boat insurance companies discount their rates for class completion, the news release said.