About Boating Safely
A USCG Auxiliary Public Education Course
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If you are interested in an exciting, in-depth boating safety educational experience, check out our classroom boating course. This class is live, fast-paced and taught by experts in boating safety.

This beginner 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.


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 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. About Boating Safely

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.

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Presented by
Flotilla 070-02-09
Lake Lanier, GA

Course: About Boating Safely
Class Dates:
Sat, 23 Feb 2019
Sat, 23 Mar 2019
Sat, 27 Apr 2019
Sat, 25 May 2019
Sat, 29 Jun 2019
Sat, 13 Jul 2019
Sat, 17 Aug 2019
Sat, 28 Sep 2019
Sat, 19 Oct 2019
Hours: 8:30 AM  –  3:30 PM
Duration: 1 Day
Location: Operations Center
6595 Lights Ferry Rd
Flowery Branch,  GA  30542
Contact: Joe Edwards
(404) 775-2608

Course Cost: $30
Comments: Bring lunch/snacks.
Family Discount Available