BS&S - Course
Which Boat Is For You?
Boater's language; types of boats; outboard motors and sterndrives; hull
design; uses of boats; other power plants; materials for constructing boats;
your intended use; marine surveyors; buying a boat.
Equipment For Your Boat
Legal Requirements for your boat; your boat's equipment; legal considerations;
impaired boating; boating accident reports; Courtesy Marine Examinations.
Trailering Your Boat
Legal considerations; practical considerations; the towing vehicle; balancing
the load; handling your trailer; pre-departure checks; preparing to launch;
launching; retrieving; storing your boat and trailer; Aquatic Nuisance Species;
Handling Your Boat
Safety precautions; fueling your boat; your boat's propeller; twin screws; jet
drives; loading your boat; getting started; leaving a pier; "man" overboard;
docking; mooring to a permanent anchor; anchoring; towing a skier; heavy
weather; small boat safety.
Your "Waterway" Signs
Aids to Navigation (ATON); buoyage systems; waterway marks; how waterways are
marked; light characteristics; chart symbols; light structures; lights on
bridges; electronic aids to navigation; navigational reference publications.
The Rules You Must Follow
Navigation Rules for preventing collisions; Two sets of rules; to whom do the
rules apply; what is a vessel; the general responsibility rule; general
considerations; conduct in narrow channels; traffic separation schemes; vessel
traffic services; stand-on or give-way; rules for special vessels; risk of
collision; bend signals; restricted visibility; vessel lights and shapes;
vessels at anchor; diving operations; distress signals; drawbridge signals;
Types of inland waters; inland navigation; inland seamanship; river currents;
maintaining inland waterways; dams; locks; river charts; commercial traffic;
before you go.
Small boat safety; personal watercraft; hypothermia; motorboats and sailboats;
carbon monoxide poisoning.
Introduction To Navigation
Piloting tools; maps and charts; chart features; your chart's general
information block; other charted information; your magnetic compass;
position on the earth's surface; locating a point on a chart; distance
on the earth's surface; measuring distance; course plotting; sources of
compass error; correcting a compass reading; positioning;
speed-time-distance; dead reckoning.
Powering Your Boat
Types of marine engines; marine engines; selecting a propeller; induction
systems; ignition systems; flame arresters; cooling systems; gasoline
considerations; batteries; maintenance; winterizing your boat; spring
Lines & Knots For Your Boat
Line or rope; rope materials; kinds of rope; measuring rope; selecting your
ropes; care of rope; making up line; knots, bends, and hitches; splices;
securing lines; dipping the eye.
Weather & Boating
Sources of weather information; wind and boating; wind and waves;
understanding weather; weather and heat; fog; non-frontal weather.
Radios used on boats; functions of radios; licenses; selecting your
VHF-FM radio; installation; operating your VHF-FM; maintain a radio
watch; channels have special purposes; some "no no's"; copies of the
rules; calling another station; procedure words; phonetic alphabet;
routine radio check; distress, urgency, and safety calls; crew training.
Class is taught on multiple evenings over a period of
weeks. (Class is 18 hours)
Is an optional and additional
6-8 hours. This module will prepare the boat
operator to plan, plot and safely execute a trip across water using age-old
navigation skills. Plotting, set and drift, course to steer and piloting are
covered. Includes the navigational tools (Parallel Rules, Dividers, and
Triangles), and chart for plotting.
What is navigation
The steps of navigation and piloting without electronics
Fundamentals of waypoint navigation
Practice using a sample cruise exercise, GPS, avoiding hazards, and using
The tools of navigation
Use of nautical charts including scales, chart symbols, ATON, plotting tools,
GPS, compass, and other electronics
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