This 8 week basic introductory 16 hour course is for both power and sail boaters. It is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, recognized by US Coast Guard and the state of Massachusetts as well as all other states.
Successful students receive a USPS Certificate of Completion showing they have met the educational requirements for safe boat operation in all 50 states. The boating course will meet Tuesdays 6-8 pm starting March 26, no class April 16th (April vacation week). Plan to attend all classes.
Course topics include federal and state navigation rules, required & recommended safety equipment, operating & environmental regulations, GPS, marine radio, safe boat handling, emergency procedures, PWC’s, hands-on chart work, and trailering.
Open to all adults and children over the age of 12 on a first to register basis. Cost is $60 for manual, plotting tools and exam. Families may share materials to reduce costs.
America’s Boating Course
Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete America’s Boating Course. This beginner boating class will also give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states.
Topics Covered In America’s Boating course
- Introduction to Boating: types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; paddle boats; houseboats; different uses of boats; various power boating engines; jet drives; family boating basics.
- Boating Law: boat registration; boating regulation; hull identification number; required boat safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; Federal boat law; state boating laws; personal watercraft requirements.
- Boat Safety Equipment: personal flotation devices (“life jackets”); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; dock lines and rope; first aid kit; anchors and anchor lines; other boating safety equipment.
- Safe Boating: bow riding; alcohol and drug abuse; entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks; steering with a tiller and a wheel; docking, undocking and mooring; knots; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather and tides; using charts; choosing and using an anchor; safe PWC handling; general water safety.
- Navigation: the U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWC “tunnel vision.”
- Boating Problems: hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; man overboard recovery; capsizing; running aground; river hazards; strainers: emergency radio calls; engine problems; equipment failures; carbon monoxide (CO); other boating and PWC problems.
- Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat: types of trailers; trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading, balancing, and towing (and backing) a trailer; boat launching and retrieving; boat storage and theft protection; launching, retrieving and storing a PWC.
- Hunting and Fishing, Water-skiing and River Boating: carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat; fishing from a boat; water-skiing safety guidelines and hand signals; water-skiing with a PWC; navigating rivers, and other boating tips.
- Introduction to Navigation and Piloting: Learn how to read a map and plot a course. Learning these skills can lead to the student’s acceptance into advanced courses