Boater safety class offered by Crisfield Coast Guard Auxiliary

uscaux flyerCRISFIELD — United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Crisfield, Md. will present, ABOUT BOATING SAFETY, on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 8 am to 5 pm, at the Crisfield Coast Guard Station. This one-day beginner boating class will provide boaters the necessary information to operate a vessel safely on waterways and also make their boating experiences as enjoyable as possible. Upon completion of this program, a certificate and wallet card will be issue, which will satisfy the tri-state boater education requirements.

Topics include:

Introduction to Boating – Types of power boats; sail boats; 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.
  • 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.

As a reminder, in Maryland, as of October 1, 2010, anyone under the age of 16, operating a motorized vessel 11 feet in length or greater WITHOUT a valid boating safety certificate, must be under the supervision of an individual 18 years of age or older who possesses a valid boating safety certificate or an individual born before July 1, 1972.

 

For further information and to register for this seminar Call:410-957-1851 or 410-968-2792.

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