Public Education Course Flyer: Boating Skills & Seamanship

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The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's Boating Skills and Seamanship (BS&S) course is a comprehensive boater certificate course designed for both the experienced and novice boater. The course consists of eight core required two-hour lessons, plus five elective lessons providing up-to-date knowledge for handling boats under all conditions.


Topics Include

  • Which Boat Is For You? – Types of boats, hull design, uses of boats, materials for construction, types of engines, and buying a boat.
  • Equipment For Your Boat – Requirements for your boat's equipment, legal considerations, boating accidents, and substance abuse.
  • Trailering Your Boat – Choosing a towing vehicle and trailer, balancing the load, the right ball and hitch, launching and retrieving a boat.
  • Handling Your Boat – Fueling your boat, single vs. twin propellers, anchoring, trimming, leaving the dock, small boat safety, and weather.
  • Highway Signs – Buoyage system, ATONS, light characteristics, chart symbols.
  • Rules of the Road – Boating traffic, stand-on and give-way vessels, traffic separation, diver-down rules, anchoring, narrow channels, restricted visibility, small boat safety, and inland waters.
  • Introduction To Navigation – Piloting tools, charts, plotting, and compass.
  • Powering Your Boat – Types of engines, ignition systems, batteries, and troubleshooting.
  • Lines and Knots – Line or rope, materials, measuring, knots, bends, hitches, splicing, securing lines.
  • Weather and Boating – Wind and boating, waves, fog, sources of weather information.
  • Your Boat's Radio – Functions of radios, selecting you VHF radio, channels, radio procedure, and types of radio calls.

Presented by Flotilla 013-07-09
Point Judith Flotilla, RI

Course: Boating Skills & Seamanship
Start Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2019
End Date: Thu, 23 May 2019
Hours: 7:00 PM  –  9:00 PM
Duration: 8 Weeks
Location: South Kingstown Recreation Center
30 St. Dominic Rd
South Kingstown,  RI  02879
Contact: Dave Johnson
(401) 783-1170
Course Cost: $60
Comments: Includes texbook. Please contact the Neighborhood Guild to register 401-789-9301

Posted: Thu, 28 Mar 2019

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