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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.
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.
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.