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USCG Aux - Boat America - 2022 Boating Safety Course - Jan & Feb 2022

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Ipswich Town Hall

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Ipswich, MA 01938

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USCG Boating Safety "Boat America" Course. Includes materials, final exam, and USCG Aux & MA-State certificate upon successful completion.

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U.S. Coast Guard & Massachusetts State Approved Boating Safety Course - "Boat America"

January 26; February 2, 9, 16

Course Delivery:

This course will be delivered in-person, at the Town Hall in Ipswich. There is plenty of seating and spacing.

Course Description:

This is THE course to get you educated, safe, and ready for proper vessel operation as well as covering the lawful requirements as a boater. We're proud to present this nationally recognized boating safety course, titled "Boat America".

An exciting, in-depth boating safety course titled "Boat America". This beginner-intermediate U.S. 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 "Boat America".

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 U.S. Coast Guard certified instructors, who live/work/patrol in the Newburyport/Essex/Ipswich/Cape Ann - North Shore MA area.

Your ticket includes admission to the course, the Boat America course-book, a MA state guidebook, additional materials and resources, ongoing instructor support, administration of the test, results submission to relevant authorities to receive your state certificate, as well as a USCG Auxiliary certificate & student card.

The Ipswich Flotilla of the USCG Auxiliary is your local source for ongoing boating safety needs & liaising w/ active duty US Coast Guard. We also patrol our local waters, provide no-cost vessel examinations, provide helpful materials (ie paddlecraft ID stickers - which are now required for any/all paddlecraft use in Ipswich), and continue our public education through other courses and seminars.

"Boat America" Course Schedule

  • Days: Wednesdays (January 26th, February 2nd, 9th, 16th)
  • Hours: 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Duration: ~10 hours over 4 classes
  • Lessons: 4 consecutive, 1 per week on Wednesday Evenings
  • Location: Ipswich Town Hall, 25 Green St, Ipswich, MA 01938 - "Meeting Room A" - Upstairs. (Enter main door, stairs on right after 1st office)
  • Possible to extend an additional week to Feb 23rd, if needed, depending on participant needs. Might be helpful to save that date.

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; 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; boarding, 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.

Massachusetts State Law & Requirements - Each state has some of their own laws & regulations to learn and adhere to. We will cover what's needed in Massachusetts.

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 States, nationwide.

If a town, state, or federal mandated shut down is imposed, we will continue via a live & interactive virtual classroom.

Virtual Plan: If required, this course will be presented via a live & interactive virtual classroom. With this technology, we are able to deliver an extremely similar experience to in-person classes, though of course delivered remotely and electronically. (Testing will be conducted in-person)

Teaching is materially different to “typical” on-line classes you may have encountered elsewhere – WHY?

Students are able to both see and engage with the instructor while viewing the presentation slides as we progress through the material. Class members also have the ability to ask questions as we go, and interact directly with the instructor/s. And we absolutely encourage you to ask questions, they are an important element contributing to maximizing your learning.

Testing Process:

In-person, immediately available at the end of the course; via multiple choice test. Successful completion results in MA &

Optional Vessel Safety Check: We can coordinate a no-cost inspection of your boat, a Vessel Safety Check (VSC) whether on-land, on-water or at time of launching. Vessels successfully passing safety checks are awarded a U.S. Coast Guard / Auxiliary Decal.

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