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AMERICA'S BOATING COURSE

The one day, 8 hour, ABC Course will be offered throughout the boating season.

Topics will include:

Aids to navigation, Rules of the road, Legal requirements,
Operation and seamanship, Boating terms, Trailering,
Boat handling, Personal Water Craft required NYS certification.

 

BS&S Boating Skills and Seamanship                           13 Lessons

LGS Let's Go Sailing                                                        4 Lessons

B/ACN Coastal Navigation (Basic & Advanced)     6 / 12 Lessons

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OPERATION BOAT SMART

PUBLIC INFORMATION

Who Are We?

Abbreviation

Course

Length

Audience

BS&S

Boating Skills and Seamanship

6 to 13 lessons

Power boaters

SF

Sailing Fundamentals

7 to 13 lessons

Sailors

S&S

Sailing and Seamanship

7 to 14 lessons

Sailors

BCN

Basic Coastal Navigation

8 lessons

All boaters

ACN

Advanced Coastal Navigation

12 lessons

All boaters

BSC

Boating Safely Course

8 hours

All boaters

PWC

Personal Watercraft Course

1 hour

All Boaters

W&K

Water & Kids

1 hour

4-7 year olds

B&K

Boats & Kids

1 hour

5-12 year olds

SYB

State Young Boaters

6 to 10 hours

Age varies with state

GPS

Navigating with GPS

2 hours

All Boaters

COMM

Communications & Intro to GPS

These are courses taught from selected chapters of the BS&S Book

P&C

Plotting & Charting

MAINT

Engine Maintenance

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AMERICA'S BOATING COURSE

America's Boating Course Manual

If you're interested in an exciting and highly interactive boating safety course, check out America's Boating Course. ABC can be completed either on the Internet, with a book supplement, or you can purchase a shrink-wrapped combination of the book and a CD. Purchasing the CD version you can take the course with you anywhere you go, with or without Internet access. This is a self-study course with a local contact to assist you. To earn the certificate of course completion, you take a proctored exam which is given in your local area. There is also a class session covering your local and state laws, again given in your local area.

The course is fun and it's very comprehensive. By following the link above, you'll be taken to a Web site that fully explains the course contents and how you can participate. America's Boating Course is a joint project between The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadrons. In addition, the course has been approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and it fulfills the new course requirement for PWC operators.

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PERSONAL WATERCRAFT (PWC) ONE-HOUR COURSETop Of This Page

PWC Course Manual

The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's Personal Watercraft course is a very basic, one-hour 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 Auxiliary's Boating Safely, Boating Skills & Seamanship and Sailing Fundamentals courses are more appropriate for meeting legal requirements).

The purpose of the course and its associated text, Personal Watercraft Rider's Handbook, is to teach that PWCs are boats and that their skippers have legal responsibilities and should learn the "rules of the road."

Individuals who successfully complete the course and exam are awarded certificates and cards.

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NAVIGATING WITH GPS COURSE

Navigating with GPS Course Manual

Navigating with GPS was developed jointly by the U S Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons.  Although a foundation in principles of navigation is recommended, a brief review of navigation is provided.  The two-hour course provides a very basic introduction to the nature of the Global Positioning System as well as basic receiver functions with special attention to selecting a receiver and doing simple waypoint navigation.  It is not intended to teach the operation of any particular GPS receiver.

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LET'S GO SAILING COURSE

Let's Go Sailing Book

The USCG Auxiliary's Let's Go Sailing (LGS) is a fun course for beginning sailors. The course is designed for the person who wants to begin sailing in a small boat, learning each step the right way, and in the process build the skills and confidence that will serve as the foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment.  It uses a short, well illustrated text published by the American Sailing Association to introduce fledgling sailors to the equipment, nomenclature and safe operation of small sailboats. Each of the text's four chapters has review questions and there is an extensive glossary and index. The course has it's own exam and certificate of accomplishment.

By itself, Let's Go Sailing is NOT approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) as a boating safety course. Only when taught in conjunction with NASBLA approved USCG Auxiliary courses such as Boating Safely, America's Boating Course or Boating Skills and Seamanship, can a state boating safety certificate be issued. Let's Go Sailing may be offered as a non-NASBLA approved, stand alone course. This would be appropriate for students who do not need or want NASBLA certification. 

Topics include:

Individuals who successfully complete the course and exam are awarded certificates and cards.

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BOATING SKILLS SEAMANSHIP COURSE (BS&S)

Boating Skills and SeamanshipThe U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's Boating Skills and Seamanship (BS&S) course is a comprehensive course designed for both the experienced and the novice boater. The course consists of 8 required lessons plus elective modules, providing up-to-date knowledge for handling boats in all conditions.

Topics include:

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Individuals who successfully complete the course and exam are awarded certificates and cards.

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BASIC COASTAL NAVIGATION COURSE

The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's Basic Coastal Navigation (BCN) course is a comprehensive course to introduce the advanced boater to the methods needed to safely pilot a boat.

Topics include:

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ADVANCED COASTAL NAVIGATION

The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's Advanced Coastal Navigation (ACN) course is a comprehensive course to prepare the advanced boater with the knowledge needed to safely pilot a boat.                               

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Helpful Hints for Boating Safety

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(Article by Gordy Aman, Flotilla 45, SO-PS D 9ER )

Wear your life jacket.

As the operator of a boat, you are responsible for the boat and all people on board. Remember, safety is not a set of rules--it's an attitude, and common sense will make your trip and your passengers' boating experience more enjoyable.Top Of This Page

TIPS:

1) GOOD HOUSEKEEPING: There are few places where good housekeeping habits are more important than on your boat. Keep decks and cabin area clean and free from clutter and debris, such as fishing poles, tackle boxes, and cleaning equipment (such as hoses, buckets, and brushes). See that a spill of any kind is wiped up as soon as possible. Serious injuries to yourself and passengers can be avoided when you develop a good habit of storing things in the same place. Also, this will save time if you need something in an emergency.

2) TOOLS AND SPARE PARTS: It's a good idea to carry a tool box and a few spare parts, such as water pump belt, spark plugs, distributor cap, fuel filter, fuses and spare bulbs, just to name a few. Learn how to make minor repairs if you can, and if you would rather not, at least you may have the parts on board if someone else offers a hand.

3) MAINTENANCE: Keep a record of scheduled maintenance items, such as oil and filter changes, fuel filter replacement, and battery replacement. Before you leave the dock, check oil level, battery for water, navigation lights, and periodically add dry gas (water remover) to your fuel tanks. Top Of This Page

4) FUEL SUPPLY: Always start your trip with a FULL tank of fuel; service stations are not to be found on the water. When you plan a boating trip, here's a good rule to remember. It's called the rule of thirds, and it works!

a) One third of a tank to get you there
b) One third of a tank to get you home, and
c) One third of a tank just in case.

5) DRUGS AND ALCOHOL: Never mix drugs and/or alcohol with boating; they affect your ability to react and cause poor judgment. More so, when you factor in the hot sun, wind, and noises aboard your boat, they cause more fatigue than you realize; and this is the catalyst for a serious boating accident.

6) MORE GOOD IDEAS:

a) Have a first aid kit on board


b) Have a flashlight and spare batteries


c) Listen to weather forecast

d) Float plan--tell someone at home or a friend when and where you are going, with whom, when you expect to be back, and who to call if they don't hear from you in a reasonable time. Remember to tell them when you arrive back so they can cancel the watch!

Safe Boaters File A Float Plan

 

  All safe boaters file a Float Plan with a responsible adult when going out on the water.

 

 It is also advised to leave a copy on the dashboard of your car. Top Of This Page

 

 Provided for your use is a US Coast Guard approved Float Plan with supplementary pages in Adobe Acrobat format:

 

Float Plan

Supplemental Itinerary

Supplemental Passenger List

"Wait! Before Leaving." A Pre-underway Check List

 

Plan for summer, download your Float Plan now.

Get Acrobat Reader now(Acrobat Reader required)
 

For more information about  Operation Boat Smart activities, please contact Bob Daraio at  daraio@lycos.com

We Need You -- The Coast Guard Auxiliary is called upon to provide essential services to the Coast Guard as they focus more heavily on their military missions.  We need all the help we can get.  You needn't own a boat or be an experienced boater, since our missions are wide-ranging.  For information about Auxiliary missions and the Auxiliary in general, go to our Join the Auxiliary web page.  You will find there a form through which you can ask that a local Auxiliarist make contact with you to explore the ways in which you can assist Team Coast Guard.  To learn more go to Charting Your Course in the USCG Auxiliary.                         

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