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ABOUT BOATING SAFELY (ABS)
About Boating Safely

If you are interestged in an exciting, in-depth boating safety course, check out the one-day version of our popular boating 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.

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • 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.
  • Navigatgion - The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; type of bouys 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.
  • 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.

Many insurance companies will offer discounts on boat insurance to individuals who successfully complete this course.

Individuals who successfully complete the course and exam are awarded certificates and cards.

About Boating Safely
Class Held: Saturday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Class Meets: January 13, 2018
Class Meets: February 10, 2018
Class Meets: March 10, 2018
Class Meets: April 7, 2018
Class Meets: May 5, 2018
Class Meets: June 9, 2018
Class Meets: July 14, 2018
Class Meets: August 11, 2011
Class Meets: October 6, 2018
Class Meets: November 3, 2018
Class Meets: December 1, 2018
Location: Spanish River Partk, Headquarters Building
3939 North Ocean Blvd
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Program Fee: $35.00
Police and Firefighters - $25.00

For more information about this course contact: contact our Flotilla Staff Officer for Public Education at (561)391-3600 option 2 / Email: fso-pe@cgauxboca.org