Did you know if you where born on or after January 1st, 1988 you MUST take a Boating Eduction Class to Legally operate a motorboat 10HP or more.
Next 7 Week ABC Course Starts
Tuesday September 12th starting 7:30pm-9pm
at Pompano Beach Sail & Power Squadron
$85.00 course fee per person
includes text book and handouts
Broward County Residents save $35.00 at registration
Earn the State required Florida Boaters Education Card
Boat Safety Course Outline/Chapters
America's Boating Course (ABC) boat safety course materials include both a 244-page full color manual and interactive "courseware". The manual is your textbook, and the "courseware" is your virtual instructor. Both cover the same topics but each in its own way. The manual includes extensive diagrams, graphics and boating tips. The courseware is narrated and interactive, making use of animation, video, and sound. Both manual and courseware provide review questions so that you can verify that you truly understand the material, to set you up for success in getting your boater license. In addition to the lessons, the courseware includes resources which will come in handy long after you have completed the course: printable forms (checklists, accident reports, float plans, etc.) and links to reference documents such as the Navigation Rules.The boat safety course manual consists of five chapters packed with boating tips along with the nautical rules of the road. The first four chapters contain core boating information while the last chapter is optional and contains an introduction to GPS waypoint navigation and piloting via dead reckoning skills.
Chapter 1 Getting Started - nautical terms.Required Safety Equipment-life jackets, fire ext.Going Boating - fueling, casting off, underway.
Chapter 2 Navigation Rules.Navigation Aids.Lights and Sound signals.Government Regulations.State and Local Regulations.
Chapter 3 Finding Your Way - nautical charts, electronic navigation.Anchoring.Adverse Conditions and Emergencies.Communications Afloat.
Chapter 4 Water Sports Safety - water skiing, hunting/fishing, paddling.Trailering.PWC Operation.Knots and Lines.
Chapter 5 introduction to electronic navigation using paper charts and chart plotters
America's Boating Course is recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard and has been approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). In addition to the course material, a fellow boater in your area from USPS® will contact you with an offer of assistance regarding state regulations, taking a final exam for your boater license, and answering any other questions you may have. The United States Power Squadrons® is at your disposal.
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