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    DescriptionU.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary About Boating Safely

    This is the in classroom (seminar) version of our popular boating course. It is an exciting, in-depth boating safety 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.
    This is an excellent course for adults and teenagers. We encourage you to bring your family and friends.
    About Boating Safely is a NASBLA approved boating safety course accepted by all 50 states.
    Students will be issued a U.S.C.G. Auxiliary Certificate, U.S.C.G. Auxiliary Wallet Card and will receive the State of Florida Boater Education Identification Card in the mail upon successful completion of the course.
    The State of Florida Boater Education Identification Card is required to operate a boat by persons born on or after January 1St, 1988

    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 a trailer; towing (and backing) a trailer; boat launching and retrieving; boat storage and theft protection; launching, retrieving and storing a PWC.

    For further information or to register:

    Please contact: Henry Cespedes, Staff Officer Public Education
    305-428-2453 Ext. 2 or email fsope@flotilla67.org

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