Attention Boaters! A two-part About Boating Safely class will be offered Saturday, December 8 and Saturday, December 15 by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary at Bonita Boat Center in Bonita Springs.
The in-depth seminars, taught by seasoned mariners, are classroom versions of the Coast Guard’s popular ABS online course. It will give students of all ages the knowledge needed in many states to obtain a boater’s license or safety certification. Boat insurance companies may offer discounts to those who successfully complete the About Boating Safely instruction.
The classes are provided by Flotilla 96, the USCG Auxiliary unit based in North Naples. Classes will meet at Bonita Boat Center—28380 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs, FL 34134.
The first class will meet Saturday, December 15 from 9am – 1pm, and the second will meet the following Saturday, December 8, also from 9am – 1pm. There is no charge for customers of Bonita Boat Center. A $15 donation is welcome to cover the cost of materials.
Register by Friday, December 7 with Mike Clukey at email@example.com or call 239-594-8009.
The Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer branch of the Coast Guard charged with promoting recreational boating safety and supporting the active duty.
CLASS 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.
- 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.