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If Boating Is On Your Radar….
Your boating experience can be enhanced by attending one of our boating classes or seminars. Novice and experienced boaters can increase their knowledge of Seamanship, Piloting, Federal and State Requirements, Safety, Marlinspike, Navigation and other important topics.
AMERICA'S BOATING COURSE
Saturday and Sunday February 1 and 2, 2014
This weekend boating class will give you the knowledge to be safer on the water.
ABC 3 fulfills the education requirement for getting your Florida Boating Safety Education I.D. Card.
Stuart Corinthian Yacht Club,
SE Capstan Ave.,
Cost : $70 cash or check made payable
to SLRPS Includes instruction and all materials
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
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 (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.
USPS PILOTING CLASS
BEGINS 7 February, 2014
1900 - 2100
AT P/D/C REINHARD BRUDERER RESIDENCE
Cost : $90 Cash or check payable to SLRPS
includes instruction and materials.
Piloting is the first course in the sequence of USPS
courses on navigation, covering the basics of coastal and inland
navigation. This course focuses on navigation as it is done on
recreational boats today and embraces GPS as a primary navigation tool
while covering enough of traditional techniques so the student will be
able to find his/her way even if their GPS fails. The course includes
many in-class exercises, developing the student’s skills through
hands-on practice and learning. Topics covered include:
Charts and their interpretation
Navigation aids and how
they point to safe water
Plotting courses and determining direction and
The mariner’s compass and converting between True
Use of GPS – typical GPS displays and information
they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS route.
safe courses and entering them into the GPS
Monitoring progress and determining
position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and
The “Seaman’s Eye” – simple
skills for checking that one is on course.
more information or to sign-up, contact Reinhard Bruderer of Mike
Our certified instructors regularly offer a wide range of boating courses and seminars to members and the public at large.
The United States Power Squadrons America's Boating Course is
an introduction to the rules of the waterways, knots and lines, Marine VHF radio procedures, aids to navigation, boating under adverse conditions, chart reading and course plotting. Passing our basic boating course in either format can be your first step toward becoming a member of
USPS and gaining access to advanced boating courses covering seamanship, piloting,
engine maintenance and marine electrical systems -- to name just a few.
If you are interested in any USPS educational opportunities, contact Michael Knapp by e-mail or by phone at 772-283-4816 for next scheduled course.