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US Coast Guard Auxiliary
Boating Safety Classes 2017
Saturday March 18th is our next Boating Safety Course!
Classes are on the 3rd Saturday of the month and are held at
Fox Lake Community Center, 23 South Street, Fox Lake IL
from 8am to 4pm. Cost is $35 per person
Register Now to Reserve Your Seat
Please complete registration form below for each attendee. A confirmation email will be sent with payment instructions. Thank you!
This 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 About Boating Safely.
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. About Boating Safely
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.
Flotilla 41-4 Meeting
Our meetings are open to visitors so if you are interested in hearing more about what we do feel free to to attend a meeting.
Our next Flotilla meeting will be Monday January 16th at 7:30PM.
The meeting will be preceded by Member Training at 7PM. Guests are welcome for both meetings and Member Training.
Illinois Boating Handbook
Illinois Boat Registration & Safety Act Information Guide
Illinois Boating Regulations (The Digest)
DNR "The Digest" Link Printable Pamphlet