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About Boating Safely Course - Ipswich March 2020

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VFW Ipswich

110 Country Rd

Ipswich, MA 01938

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USCG Boating Safety "ABS" Course. Includes take-home materials, final exam, and achievement certificate upon successful completion.

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An exciting, in-depth boating safety course titled "About Boating Safely". This beginner US Coast Guard approved 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".

This essential and valuable course will guide you through all the basics of boating. If you're new to boating, or need to learn the laws, or understand how to navigate in our waters, or simply need a refresher, this course is for you. Taught by Coast Guard certified instructors, who live/work/patrol in the Ipswich/Cape Ann North Shore area.

"About Boating Safely" Course

  • Days: Mondays ( March 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th)
  • Hours: 6:30pm-9pm
  • Duration: 2.5 Hours per night for 4 nights
  • Lessons: 4 consecutive
  • Location: Ipswich VFW, 110 Country Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938

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; regulation; hull identification number; required boat safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; Federal and State boating laws; personal watercraft requirements.

Boat Safety Equipment – Life Jackets (PFDs); 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; docking, undocking and mooring; knots; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather and tides; using charts; choosing & using an anchor; safe PWC handling; general safety.

Navigation - The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules (“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; emergency radio calls; engine problems; equipment failures; carbon monoxide (CO); and PWC problems.

Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat - Types of trailers; trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading, balancing and towing and backing a trailer; boat and PWC launching and retrieving; boat storage, theft protection.

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.

Course is taught by qualified USCG Aux Instructors.

Certificates awarded for successful completion:

  • USCG Aux Boating Safety (NASBLA approved)
  • Massachusetts Boating Safety

(The above are recognized by most State's Boating Safety Requirements )

Optional post-class follow-up: We can coordinate a no-cost on-land inspection of your boat, a Vessel Safety Check (VSC). Vessels passing safety checks are awarded a U.S. Coast Guard / Auxiliary Decal.

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