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[FEB. 24, 2004]  A semiannual Basic Boating - Boating Safety class presented by Land Of Lincoln Power Squadron begins on March 15. Successfully completing a United States Power Squadrons boating safety course meets the educational requirements for boat operation in all states and is a requirement for squadron membership. This class will be offered again in the fall, starting sometime around the end of September.

There is no charge for the class; however, there is a nominal charge of $15-$25 for materials. The price varies because some students may find they already possess some of the hardware needed for the navigational portion of the class and do not need to purchase those items.

The class will meet on Monday evenings from 7 until 9 at the CWLP Training Center, 200 East Lake Drive in Springfield. The training center is on the east side of the Lake Springfield dam, directly east of the power plant.

Graduates of the course may also qualify for discounts on their boat insurance, depending upon their insurance carrier.

People interested may call the following numbers for additional information: 529-1863, Springfield; 243-4297, Jacksonville; 483-8782, Chatham; 824-8836, Taylorville; 364-9144, Dawson; 323-2542, Beardstown.

Land Of Lincoln Power Squadron is based in Springfield and members live in communities throughout the central Illinois area, from Champaign to Beardstown and Lincoln to Litchfield.


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The Springfield-based squadron is a member group of the United States Power Squadrons, which is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects.

The national organization has some 60,000 members organized into 450 squadrons across the country and in some U.S. territories. It is America's largest nonprofit boating organization and has been honored by three U.S. presidents for its civic contributions.

Each squadron's activities involve the three primary objectives of the organization: community service, continuing education and enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of fellow members.

Local squadrons offer boating safety courses on a regular basis to boaters in their communities. The courses are open to the public, and there is no age limit for participants. Squadrons have offered these courses for over half a century and have educated more than 3 million boaters to date.

[Greg Kelso, administrative officer,
Land Of Lincoln Power Squadron]


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