The Martha’s Vineyard Coast Guard Auxiliary will host a safe boating class this month tailored to boaters navigating Vineyard waters.

The daylong course will be held at the West Tisbury public safety building on August 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $40 per person and includes all materials.

The comprehensive course is designed for all boaters, both beginners and experts, with topics ranging from boating law, safety equipment, navigation and what to do in emergencies. With an increased number of people on the water, many of them new to recreational boating, the course comes at a more vital time as accidents have increased to record numbers in the last year, the Coast Guard auxiliary said in a release.

The course also covers rules and regulations that even experienced captains may not know, including a new law requiring engine shut-off switches for boats under 26 feet that took effect in April of this year. It has also been tailored for transiting the waters around Martha’s Vineyard.

Students will receive a certificate of safe boating education and paperwork will be processed for a Massachusetts boating license. Students under 16 who complete the course will meet the state requirements for a boating license.

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