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Boating Safety Class from Coast Guard Auxiliary
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Steve Warner photo TWRA officers getting ready to deploy sonar equipment which proved successful in finding the body of TTU professor 66-year-old Scott Northrup who went missing the day before. His boat was found empty with no sign of Northrup.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 11-6 is offering a one-day boating safety class on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at the DeKalb County Community Center located at 712 South Congress Boulevard in Smithville, Tennessee from 8:00 AM – 4:30PM.  Class is taught free but $7.00 fee per student covers lunch. Preregistration is required as the class size is limited. For more information and/or to register, please call Joseph Trapp 615-906-7247 or John Whelan at 615-948-8051 and leave a message.

BOAT TENNESSEE is a comprehensive boating course designed for both beginners and novice boaters. This course will be taught in a one-day session with a short lunch break.  Topics include:  Types and Uses of Boats/Engines; Boat Handling; Equipment for Boats, Trailering, Aids to Navigation, Rules of the Road, Inland Boating, Boating Laws/State Laws, Boating Problems/Emergencies, and more. The exam to be given will be the State of Tennessee boating exam.

This course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. Those who successfully complete the course and exam are awarded certificates of completion. Many marine insurance companies offer discounts on boat insurance to those who complete this course.

If the student taking this course and exam was born after January 1, 1989, then the student MUST also pre-register with the State of Tennessee to take the boating exam and pay an additional fee of $10 per person to the State.  Please bring this document to the class. The exam ticket is Type 600 and can be obtained from any TWRA fishing/hunting licensing agent. Proof of identity of student may be required. Students are also strongly encouraged to obtain their textbooks in advance for reading and studying.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, created by an Act of Congress in 1939, is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard across all mission areas. For more information on the Coast Guard Auxiliary and a flotilla near you, visit