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Freedom Boat Club, MarineMax offer boater training

Freedom Boat Club and MarineMax are joining forces to provide a special training event for boaters on June 8, National Marina Day.

“Taking the Helm” will be taught by US Coast Guard certified Captains and offer training in two specific areas: how to dock in close quarters and proper anchoring skills. This special event offers an opportunity for novice boaters, even first-timers, to test the waters and learn critical skills for a nominal fee.

While most boaters are comfortable taking the helm in open water and operating under normal conditions, it can be intimidating to dock a boat in tight spaces or set an anchor in a crowded area. “Taking the Helm” is designed to help boaters of all levels learn new skills as well as gain confidence.

Each session lasts an hour and has a $10 registration fee, which will be donated to charity.

The training will be offered at two sites: Camache Cove Marina in St. Augustine and Julington Creek Marina in Jacksonville. Pre-registering guarantees a

spot. Walk-ups will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. “We wanted to give people a chance to take the helm, and drive a boat, so they could see how easy it can be. We want to encourage first time boaters to attend”, said Lisa Almeida, owner of Freedom Boat Club.

For more information, go to or call 904-588-2417.

National Marina Day, in its 12th year, is an event designed to celebrate local marinas and the role they play in their communities. For more information, go to  http: or sign up for classes at

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