This is the About Boating Safely (ABS) course. Once you succesfully finish the course you will receive the Florida Boating Safety Education ID card
A charge of $50.00 will cover the cost of materials and lunch. Early Bird and Group discount offered.
Classes are held at: Dixon Ahl Community Hall
2200 NE 38th Street
Lighthouse Point, FL 33064
Take I-95 to Sample Road. East on Sample to 22nd Ave. which is East of US1, left on 22nd Ave. to the building.
You may contact the Public Education Officer at (731) 907-0307 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
When & Where
US Coast Guard Auxiliary - Flotilla 07-03-07
The Auxiliary was formed by congressional act in 1939 as the Coast Guard Reserve. 14 U.S.C. 822 It aids the Coast Guard in its non-military, non-law-enforcement tasks, such as search and rescue, aids to navigation maintenance, environmental protection, public boater education, and private and fishing vessel examination.
Teams of Auxiliarists act in these mission areas under Coast Guard orders, and individual Auxiliarists supplement Active Duty and Reserve Coast Guard units. Auxiliarists under orders operate with the authority and under the direction of the United States Coast Guard. We wear Coast Guard uniforms with specific devices indicating that we are members of the auxiliary.