United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 47, will offer an "About Boating Safety" course 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 18 at the Point Wilson Lighthouse, Fort Worden State Park, 200 Battery Way, Port Townsend.
Fee is $35; a second family member sharing a book costs $15. Call 956-490-7632 or e-mail email@example.com for a reservation.
The class provides knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification. Many insurance companies offer discounts to boaters who complete the course.
_ Introduction to Boating: Types of power boats, sailboats, outboards, paddle boats, houseboats, engines, jet drives.
_ Boating Law: Boat registration, hull identification number, required safety equipment, operating safely and reporting accidents, protecting the environment, federal and state laws, personal watercraft requirements.
_ Boat Safety Equipment: Personal flotation devices, fire extinguishers, sound-producing devices, visual distress signals, dock lines and rope, first aid kit, anchors and anchor lines.
_ Safe Boating: Bow riding, alcohol and drug abuse, entering, loading and trimming a boat, fueling, steering, docking, undocking and mooring, knots, filing a float plan, weather and tides, charts and anchors.
_ Navigation: The U.S. Aids to Navigation system, types of buoys and beacons, navigation rules, avoiding collisions, sound signals.
_ Boating Problems: Hypothermia, accidents and rescues, man overboard recovery, capsizing, running aground, river hazards, emergency radio calls, engine problems, equipment failures, carbon monoxide.
_ Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat: Types of trailers, trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading, balancing, and towing a trailer; launching and retrieving; storage and theft protection.
_ Hunting and Fishing, Water-skiing and River Boating: Carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat, fishing, water-skiing safety and hand signals.
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