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BS&S - Course Syllabus

  • 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; float plans.

  • 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; penalties.

  • Inland Boating – Types of inland waters; inland navigation; inland seamanship; river currents; maintaining inland waterways; dams; locks; river charts; commercial traffic; before you go.

  • Boating Safety – 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 fitting-out; troubleshooting.

  • 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.

  • Your Boat's Radio – 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) 


Advanced Navigation

  Advanced Navigation – 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 landmarks

  • The tools of navigation – Use of nautical charts including scales, chart symbols, ATON, plotting tools, GPS, compass, and other electronics



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