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Boating Safety Classes

Modern Marine Navigation - NEW Online Course

Whether you want to improve your navigational skills on your local waters, or you're longing to cruise in foreign and exotic locations, Modern Marine Navigation will help you on your way to become a better boater conveniently, in your own home.  With this course you will learn the basics of plotting, reading charts, identifying ATONs and using them to find your way on the water as well as an introduction to electronic navigation all presented online where you can study at your won pace.  This is the only navigation course to be completely vetted by the US Coast Guard Navigation Center.

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About Boating Safely 
                                                 About Boating Safely
The course is fun and it's very comprehensive.  About Boating Safely is a project of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.  In addition, the course has been approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and covers these topics:
  • Introduction to Boating: Types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; paddle boats; house boats.
  • Boating Law: Boat registration: boating regulation; hull identification number; required boat safety equipment and operating safely.
  • Boat Safety Equipment: Personal flotation devices ("life jackets"); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices.
  • Safe Boating: Bow riding; alcohol and drug abuse; entering, loading and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks.
  • Navigation: The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules.
  • Boating Problems: Hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; man overboard recovery; capsizing; running aground.
  • Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat: Types of trailers; trailer brakes; lights, hitches, tires and bearings.
  • Hunting and Fishing, Water-Skiing and River Boating: Carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat; fishing from a boat

Individuals who succesfully complete the course and final test are awarded certificates and cards.  Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts to individuals who successfully complete this course.  Click Here to see the class schedule.

Sailing Skills & Seamanship                          Sailing Skills and Seamanship

This course is a comprehensive course that will prepare a sailor with the basic information needed to operate sail boats under a variety of conditions.  The course book has been fully updated and the course is NASBLA approved.

  • Topics include: What is a sailboat; how a boat sails; sailboat maneuvering; legal requirements; aids to navigation; rigging; handeling; turning and heavy weather; navigation rules; marlinspike seamanship; sailboat engines; trailering; weather; radiotelephone; inland waterways, lacks and dams; and piloting.

The core course is taught on three consecutive Saturdays from 9am - 4pm.  Testing may be done the following Wednesday evening from 7-9pm.

Many insurance companies will offer discounts on boat insurance to individuals who successfully complete this course.  Those who successfully complete this course will be awarded certificates.  Click Here to see the class schedule

GPS For Mariners                                                                      GPS for Mariners

GPS for Mariners is a modern learning experience that focuses on the GPS equipment typically owned by a recreational boater.  This course is the result of an exciting synergy between textbook's publisher, the book's author and the Auxiliary.  The presentation of the course involves inviting course participants who already own hand-held GPS units to bring them to class, increasing interactivity of the educational experience and getting students more involved.  Handheld units are provided for those without their own GPS devices.  The course includes the book and some terrific PowerPoint support materials.  Click Here to see the class schedule.

Your Ships VHF Radio (New)

This course covers—- Radios used on boats; functions of radios; licenses; selecting your VHF-FM radio; installation; operating your VHF-FM; maintain a radio watch; channels have special purposes; some "no no's"; copies of the rules; calling another station; procedure words; phonetic alphabet; routine radio check; distress, urgency, and safety calls; crew training.  The course fee is $10 and includes the Course Text Book, and Student Study Guide. Click Here to see the class schedule.

Introduction to Navigation                                  Intro yo Navigation

Piloting tools; maps and charts; chart features; your chart's general information block; other charted information; your magnetic compass; position on the earth's surface; locating a point on a chart; distance on the earth's surface; measuring distance; course plotting; sources of compass error; correcting a compass reading; positioning; speed-time-distance; dead reckoning; practice your art.  The course fee includes the text book and study guide.  Click Here to see the class schedule.

Introduction to Radar                                                          Intro to Radar

Nothing beats radar for guiding your boat through the darkest night or the thickest fog.  Radar enables you to plot a fix from just a single buoy or landmark, and it's is the only navigation tool that tells you not just where you are but who else and what else is out there with you.  Today's smaller, affordable, more powerful radars make more sense than ever for sailors and powerboaters.
This course will show you how to:

  • Choose the best radar model for your sail or power boat
  • Install, adjust and operate your system
  • Interpret the images on you radar screen
  • Pilot your boat and track the movement of vessels around you
  • Use radar to track and avoid squalls, to outmaneuver competitors in a yacht race and for other specialized tasks, interface your radar with a digital compass, GPS or electronic chart

We hope that this course reflects our years of radar teaching experience both in the classroom and underway.  Click Here to see the class schedule.

New Classes

Paddlesports America              

Canoeists and Kayakers are boaters also.  The Paddle Sports America course addresses the unique needs of this
audience, particularly the novice paddle enthusiasts.  The four-hour course presents five chapters of safety information:
Topics Include:
  • Know Your Paddlecraft - parts of a canoe and kayak; understanding paddlecraft characteristics such as basic types, hull shapes hull materials, lengths and widths and weights; selecting your paddle for both canoe and kayak.

  • Before You Get Underway - knowing your paddlecraft’s capacity and how to file a float plan; transporting your paddlecraft; conducting a pre-departure check; dressing for a safe trip; loading gear in a canoe or kayak; storing paddle craft; the responsibilities when paddling with others.

  • Operating Your Boat Safely - how to enter and exit a canoe or kayak safely; securing the paddlecraft and sharing the waterways with others; the U. S. Aids to Navigation System (ATONS); learning about local hazards on waterways.

  • The Legal Requirements of Boating - vessel registration, hull identification numbers and who may operate a paddlecraft; unlawful operation of paddlecraft; Homeland Security restrictions; policies on alcohol and drugs. Life jackets; navigation lights; sound-producing devices and visual distress signals; protection of environment and what to do if in a boating accident. State specific information may be added at the end of this chapter.

  • Boating emergencies… What to Do - minimizing the risk of drowning, capsizing, swamping or falling overboard; emergency techniques; how to deal with cold water immersion and hypothermia; understanding heat related illness; dehydration; handling weather emergencies.
Click Here to see the class schedule.

Personal Watercraft Course (PWC)   

Our Personal Watercraft Course is a very basic introduction to the safety issues involved when operating a PWC.  Because of its brevity, it is not approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) nor is it approved by most of the states which require formal instruction in order to operate a boat.

The purpose of the course and its associated text, Personal Watercraft Rider's Handbook, is to teach that PWCs are true boats and that their skippers have the same legal responsibilities, and should learn the "rules of the road, to the same degree as any other boater."  Individuals who successfully complete the course and exam are awarded certificates and cards.

Personal Watercraft Course classes does not have a scheduled time yet.  If you are interested in one of these classes please fill out this contact form, indicating which course you are interested in and we will be in touch with you.

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