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Boat Safety Classes


2015 Classes are offered: 

  When Feb 28, Apr 4, Jun 6, Sept 19 and Oct. 17

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  Where Bass Pro Shops in Garland
  Cost Free instruction is provided by certified instructors of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. The course materials and Texas State Certification are $40 maximum depending tests desired.

 NOTE: Please register no later than 1 week before the course date. If registration is after the deadline you can be added to the next available course.

For more information, contact Larry Kessler at auxclalarry@gmail.com or (214) 500-6576.

 

 

Please email or call Larry at the contact information above.


Course Topics

  • 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.