Do you have a proper boating permit?

In the states of Connecticut and New York, successful completion of the one-day course, run by the United States Coast Guard's Flotilla 74 organization, will qualify an individual for a permit to operate a motorboat or personal water craft (PWC). The one-day courses are scheduled for March 6, April 24 and May 22. All courses start at 8 a.m.

For reservations and/or more information, call 203-856-5575 or e-mail teachmeboating@oytonline.net

The cost of the course is $80 and is held at the Marriott Hotel in Stamford. It includes a luncheon at Allie's American Grill. Children under 16, accompanied by an adult, receive a discount.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers the public a number of other courses, including GPS for Mariners, How to Read a Nautical Chart, Marlinspike, Suddenly in Command, Basic Coastal Navigation and many more. Flotilla 74 is a volunteer organization, including members from Stamford, New Canaan, Darien and Greenwich.

In addition to public education, Flotilla 74 also performs patrols in western Long Island Sound, both by sea and by air. These patrols are for the purpose of public safety, search and rescue, verifying aids to navigation and training.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard, and as such, a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The proceeds of the public education courses help defray the cost of the Auxiliary's volunteer activities.