Boating Courses Offered By Flotilla 2-5

About Boating Safely: This is an introduction to boating. Topics covered include types of boats, trailering, required safety equipment, legal requirements, navigating waterways, safe operation, boating emergencies, and water sports. The course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. Successful completion of an optional exam at the end of the class leads to a certificate that can be used to show you have taken a boating course. The certificate is required to operate a boat in most states and Canada. Many boat insurance companies offer discounts on boating insurance to those who have the certificate.

Two - four hour sessions or four - two hour sessions (twice a week or once a week)

Navigating Mid-Coast Maine: Here are three easy ways to make boating more enjoyable. First, learn the basics about the information found on nautical charts. Second, have your charts out where you can use them when enjoying Maine's beautiful mid-coast waters. Third, learn about navigation aids (they are on the charts and on the water) so you can use them to cruise safely. You can do all three things by taking this class. It is an introduction to navigation using a chart of the Boothbay area. Learn how to read a chart and become familiar with the coastal waters between Small Point and Pemaquid. Problem sets will help you plan cruises and understand the information found on charts (e.g., buoys, lights, water depth) and to use them while cruising the area. True and magnetic headings, variation, lines of position, chart symbols, piloting, latitude and longitude, dead reckoning, and aids to navigation are explained. The Three Rivers chart (#13293) and a copy of a chapter on navigation principles are included. A parallel ruler and dividers are needed and can be purchased separately.

Two - four hour sessions or four - two hour sessions (twice a week or once a week)

Sailing Skills and Seamanship: Want to improve your sailing skills?  Then Sailing Skills and Seamanship is a course for you.  It is designed for both experienced and novice sailboat operators. Topics include types of sailboats, equipment for your boat, how a boat sails, reading the wind, points of sailing, sail controls, running close-hauled, reaching, and sail adjustments.  Basic maneuvers of tacking and jibing are explained along with picking up a mooring, leaving and approaching a dock, and anchoring. In addition, aids to navigation and an introduction to the rules of the nautical road are covered. 

Six - two hour sessions (twice a week or once a week)

Paddle Sports Safety: Basic paddle craft skills are essential for enjoyable trips along Maine's coastal and inland waters in canoes and kayaks. This introductory course presents information needed to operate paddle craft safely. Materials developed by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the American Canoe Association are provided. An optional certification exam can be taken at the conclusion of the class.

Two - two and a half hour sessions

Suddenly in Command: Safe boating requires planning and preparation as well as careful operation.  Steps to take minimize boating problems and basic emergency procedures are covered.  Topics include pre-underway planning, developing situational awareness, understanding how boats handle, VHF radio introduction including how to get help in an emergency, Coast Guard required safety equipment and regulations, and accident assessment and reporting.

One - four hour or two - two hour sessions