If you are interested in an exciting, in-depth boating safety course,
check out this course.
This beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat
license or safety certification in many states. Many boat insurance companies
will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete
About Boating Safely.
- Introduction to
Types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; paddle boats; houseboats;
different uses of boats; various power boating engines; jet drives; family
- 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
- 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
- Trailering, Storing and Protecting
Your Boat – Types of
trailers; trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading,
balancing, and towing a trailer; 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.