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BOATING SAFETY COURSE SCHEDULE

If you or your organization is interested in having a course taught on a different schedule, we will work with you to meet your needs provided that you have 8 or more people taking the course.  For more information please call  us at 256-757-4622 or e-mail us at INFO@a0822404.uscgaux.info

For information on U.S.C.G. Auxiliary-taught courses at other locations in north Alabama please visit the following link
Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Safety Classes in North Alabama

For information on U.S.C.G. Auxiliary-taught courses at other locations in the United States please visit the following link
Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Safety Classes in the United States

FLORENCE, AL FLOTILLA 24-04 

ABS COURSE SCHEDULE FOR 2015  

Florence

Pickwick


February 21 March 7  
March 21 April 25  

   

   
     

(subject to change/cancellation due to weather or matters beyond our control)

ABOUT  BOATING SAFELY--ABS COURSE DESCRIPTION

  • Please call if interested Shoals area 256-757-4622 OR Pickwick area 731-438-2959 OR e-mail us at jackson0948@att.net PA and Vessel Safety Checks

BOATING SKILLS & SEAMANSHIP--BS&S COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is also the course needed by fishing guides and local tour boat operators carrying 6 passengers or less who need to get their USCG License as a Limited Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels..

  • Please call if interested Shoals area 256-757-4622 OR Pickwick area 731-438-2959 OR e-mail us at jackson0948@att.net PA and Vessel Safety Checks

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BOATING SKILLS & SEAMANSHIP COURSE 

This is also the course needed by fishing guides and local tour boat operators carrying 6 passengers or less who need to get their USCG License as a Limited Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels. .

The BS&S course is a comprehensive course designed for both the experienced and the novice boater.  The course goes into more detail and therefore spends more time on topics than one might find in other NASBLA-approved short courses like our About Boating SafelyThe student must attend class and pass the exam on the first 8 chapters to receive a completion certificate.  In addition boaters completing the BS&S course may find that they can obtain discounts on their boat insurance.

Topics included in our regularly scheduled courses are: 

Chapter 1--Which Boat Is For You? - Boater's language; types of boats; outboard motors and sterndrives; hull design; uses of boats; other power plants; materials for constructing boats; your intended use; the Coast Guard Customer Infoline; marine surveyors; buying a boat.

Chapter 2--Equipment For Your Boat - Requirements for your boat; your boat's equipment; legal considerations; substance abuse; boating accident reports; Vessel Safety Checks.

Chapter 3--Trailering Your Boat - Legal considerations; practical considerations; the towing vehicle; balancing the load; handling your trailer; pre-departure checks; preparing to launch; launching; retrieving; storing your boat and trailer; theft prevention; Zebra mussels; float plan.

Chapter 4--Handling Your Boat - Leave with a full tank; fueling your boat; your boat's propeller; cars and boats; twin screws; jet drives; loading your boat; getting started; leaving a pier; "man" overboard; docking; mooring to a permanent anchor; anchoring; towing a skier; heavy weather; small boat safety.

Chapter 5--Your "Highway" Signs - Protection of ATONs; buoyage systems; waterway marks; how waterways are marked; light characteristics; chart symbols; light structures; lights on bridges; electronic aids to navigation; a word to the wise; navigation publications.

Chapter 6--The Rules Of The Nautical Road - Two sets of rules; to whom do the rules apply; what is a vessel; the general responsibility rule; general considerations; conduct in narrow channels; traffic separation schemes; vessel traffic services; stand-on or give-way; rules for special vessels; risk of collision; bend signals; restricted visibility; vessel lights and shapes; vessels at anchor; diving operations; distress signals; drawbridge signals; penalties.

Chapter 7--Inland Boating - Types of inland waters; inland navigation; inland seamanship; river currents; maintaining inland waterways; dams; locks; river charts; commercial traffic; before you go. (This lesson typically will not be taught in coastal courses.)

Chapter 8--Boating Safety - Small boat safety; personal watercraft; hypothermia; motorboats and sailboats; carbon monoxide poisoning; float plan; U.S. Coast Guard District Offices.

Chapter 11--Lines & Knots For Your Boat - Line or rope; rope materials; kinds of rope; measuring rope; selecting your ropes; care of rope; making up line; knots, bends, and hitches; splices; securing lines; dipping the eye.

Chapter 12--Weather & Boating - Sources of weather information; wind and boating; wind and waves; understanding weather; weather and heat; fog; non-frontal weather.

Chapter 13--Your Boat's Radio - 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.

We rarely present Chapters 9 and 10 in the textbook, but they may be offered to groups upon request.

Chapter 9-INTRODUCTION TO 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. 

Chapter 10-POWERING YOUR BOAT -- types of marine engines; marine engines; selecting a propeller; induction systems; ignition systems; flame arresters; cooling systems; gasoline considerations; batteries; maintenance; winterizing your boat; spring fitting-out; troubleshooting. 
 

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ABOUT BOATING SAFELY 

If you are interested in an exciting, in-depth boating safety course, check out the classroom version of our popular online boating course.

This 8-9 hour long beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete America's Boating Course.

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.

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