The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is a fantastic resource of safe boating knowledge, and the Eastside Flotilla 22 is hosting their “About Boating Safely” one-day class in the months ahead. The course is designed for both the novice who is new to boating and the experienced hand who could use a refresher, and is a great way to establish one’s vital boating safety fundamentals. What’s more, one is eligible for their Washington State Boater Education Card upon completion of the class. The course is offered from 0830 hours to 1700 hours on March 25, April 22, and May 20, 2017 at the Bellevue Fire Station #9. For more information and to register, email f22ABS@gmail.com or call 206-399-0923. Cost is $35 for the book and exam.
Norris Comer is an award-winning writer and the former Managing Editor of Northwest Yachting magazine. He was raised in Portland, Oregon and got his BS in Marine Science at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL where he lived aboard a 1973 Catalina 27 before moving to Washington and an Albin Vega. He has worked as a commercial fisherman, wandered aimlessly around the world, studied oil spills, and was a contestant on the Norwegian reality TV show "Alt for Norge."