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Pyrates learn boating safety

The Blackwater Pyrates flag flies in the bay breeze. [FILE PHOTO]

MILTON — The Blackwater Pyrates were treated to a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boater Safety class Sept. 10 and 11. The instructors presented the official class to 21 Blackwater Pyrates. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) requires anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 to successfully complete an approved boater safety course in order to legally operate a vessel powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or greater.

Of the 21 who attended the course, two could not make the second half due to illness. However, the 19 who attended both days passed:

Joe "China Boy" Aderholdt

Joyce "China Girl" Aderhoaldt

Jody "Big Al" Conrad

Brian "Musket" Mushet — cored 100 percent

JoAnne "Mojo" Mushet

Sally "Mustang" Weaver

Elizabeth "Lonestar" Weatherwax

Barbara "Prickly Pear" Cook

Bill "Popeye" Cook

Roger "Barnacle Bailey" Bailey

Vickie "Vixen" Bennet

John "Two Noodle" Haberle

Larry "Lucky" McKee

Vicky "Sass Sea" McKee

Charolette "Bayou Babe" Money Smith

Will "Leatherneck" Wilson

Chris "Suffolk Scalawag" Christopher

Randy "Mad Professor" Reid

Susan "Boats" Furth

Visit the Blackwater Pyrates Facebook page at for announcements on future classes. The organization's core three-fold mission is boater safety, river cleanup, and maritime Blackwater River history perseveration.

This article originally appeared on Santa Rosa Press Gazette: Pyrates learn boating safety

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