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Jordan Lake Flotilla 9-11 Boat America Classes

Boating America

Boating America; is an 8 hour class designed to appeal to
boaters, personal watercraft operators, hunters, anglers, and others who cannot
find time for a full comprehensive course. It was developed by the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary and is approved by the National Association of State Boating
Law Administrators (NASBLA). It is also approved by most of the states which require formal instruction in order to operate a boat


Body of Course

INTRODUCTION TO BOATING -- types of boats; different uses of
boats; outboard, stern-drive, and inboard engines; jet drives.

BOATING LAWS -- boat registration; hull identification
number; required safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; Federal boating laws; and PWCs.

PERSONAL SAFETY EQUIPMENT-- personal flotation ("life jackets"); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; first aid kit; anchor; safety equipment and PWC.

SAFE BOAT HANDLING -- bow riding; substance abuse; entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks; steering with a tiller and a wheel; docking and mooring; knots; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather, and tide; using charts; choosing and using an anchor; safe PWC handling.

NAVIGATION -- the U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules; avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWC tunnel vision."

BOATING PROBLEMS -- hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; capsizing; running aground; emergency radio calls; engine problems; boating problems and PWC.

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, WATERSKIING, AND RIVER BOATING -- carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat; fishing from a boat; water skiing safety guidelines and hand signals; waterskiing with a PWC; navigating rivers.