About Boating Safely

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

All classes currently postponed due to the need for social distancing in preventing the further spread of COVID-19. When new classes have been scheduled details will be posted here.

Upcoming Classes

All classes are one full day from 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM and cost $55 including textbook & exam.  Discounts available for families, military, police, fire, & EMT. Individuals completing the course receive the NJ Boating Safety Certificate the same day after passing the test.  This certificate is required for anyone operating a powerboat or PWC.

For more information email boatingclass@flotilla26nj.com or call 908-675-5203.

About Boating Safely

This beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain

a NJ Boating Safety Certificate. Many boat insurance companies will offer

discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete

About Boating Safely.  Please note that this course is a National Association

of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) certified course, this is a

requirement for boating in some states.


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; 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.


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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