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Jun. 16, 2019
9:27 pm


Boating clubs, Marine Max hosts boating safety seminar

By Pamela A. Keene 
Atlanta’s Boating Club and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary joined forces in mid-September to present a consumer boating safety seminar at the Marine Max Buford store. More than a dozen people attended, coming from across northeast Georgia. Some were new boat owners; others wanted to update their knowledge of Rules of the Road, on-board safety and Lake Lanier. 
Bev and Jim Topa boated for years on a small lake in Indiana. They moved to Lake Lanier about 18 months ago to be near their grandchildren, but they waited until recently to buy a boat. They purchased a 22-foot Tahoe center console. 
“We both are comfortable boating on our small lake back home, but we really don’t know Lake Lanier,” said Bev. “That’s why we wanted to come to this seminar – to learn more about the lake, and to refresh what we know about boating safety.” 
The majority of participants were females; some were encouraged by their husbands to attend. But the group also included single women boat owners who wanted to overcome their concerns about driving a boat, docking and being out on the water. 
One participant commented that he realized “there are a lot of people out there who just don’t know what they’re doing,” he said. “I don’t want to be one of those people.” 
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Dave Fuller and Frank Taylor with Atlanta’s Boating Club shared the presentation duties, with plenty of hands-on activities and props. They demonstrated proper fitting techniques for life jackets, showed the various kinds of personal flotation devices and safety equipment. 
Both clubs also provided information about their educational, social activities and volunteerism at the lake. Membership is open to the public.
For information about Atlanta’s Boating Club, visit, and for information about the Lake Lanier U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, visit
For more information about Marine Max, its programs and seminars, visit

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