America's Boating Course (ABC) Boating Safety
If you are interested in an exciting, in-depth boating safety
course, look at America's Boating Course for you boating safety
Most boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating
insurance to boaters who successfully complete America's Boating
Course. This beginner boating class will give you the knowledge
needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many
America's Boating Course can be taken by studying an 80-page course manual with
the included CD-ROM.
matter how you like to learn, when you sign up you'll receive a
complete package which includes the course manual, the boating
course CD, and a PIN number giving you access to the Internet
The course manual, CD and online course contain identical material,
except for your state specific boating law, which can only be
accessed online. This boat safety course will be fun and very thorough.
Boating Safety Topics Covered
The boat and water safety course topics include:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.