U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary courses provide
instruction to boaters at all levels, from the fundamental to the
advanced. Our courses are taught by experienced and knowledgeable
instructors committed to the highest standards of the U.S. Coast Guard. Many
insurance companies will offer discounts on boat insurance to
individuals who successfully complete this course. Individuals who
successfully complete the course and exam are awarded certificates and
Safety & Seamanship Skills (BS&S)
This Course is offered in the spring and fall for 2 hours a night. A total of a 32 hour course.
New classes will starting soon, The topics following are covered in this course:
of boats; outboard motors and stern drives; hull design; uses of boats; other
power plants; materials for constructing boats; your intended use; the Coast
Guard Customer Info-line; marine surveyors; buying a boat.
- Requirements for your
boat; your boat's equipment; legal considerations; substance abuse; boating
accident reports; Courtesy Marine Examinations.
- Legal considerations;
practical considerations; the towing vehicle; balancing the load; handling
your trailer; pre-departure checks; preparing to launch; launching;
retrieving; storing your boat and trailer; theft prevention; Zebra mussels;
- Leave with a full tank;
fueling your boat; your boat's propellor; cars and boats; twin screws; jet
drives; loading your boat; getting started; leaving a pier; "man"
overboard; docking; mooring to a permanent anchor; anchoring; towing a
skier; heavy weather; small boat safety.
- Protection of
ATONs; buoyage systems; waterway marks; how waterways are marked; light
characteristics; chart symbols; light structures; lights on bridges;
electronic aids to navigation; a word to the wise; navigation publications.
- Two sets of rules; to
whom do the rules apply; what is a vessel; the general responsibility rule;
general considerations; conduct in narrow channels; traffic separation
schemes; vessel traffic services; stand-on or give-way; rules for special
vessels; risk of collision; bend signals; restricted visibility; vessel
lights and shapes; vessels at anchor; diving operations; distress signals;
drawbridge signals; penalties.
- Types of inland waters; inland
navigation; inland seamanship; river currents; maintaining inland waterways;
dams; locks; river charts; commercial traffic; before you go. (This lesson
typically will not be taught in coastal courses)
- Piloting tools; maps
and charts; chart features; your chart's general information block; other
charted information; your magnetic compass; position on the earth's surface;
locating a point on a chart; distance on the earth's surface; measuring
distance; course plotting; sources of compass error; correcting a compass
reading; positioning; speed-time-distance; dead reckoning; practice your
- Types of marine engines;
marine engines; selecting a propeller; induction systems; ignition systems;
flame arresters; cooling systems; gasoline considerations; batteries;
maintenance; winterizing your boat; spring fitting-out; troubleshooting.
- Line or rope;
rope materials; kinds of rope; measuring rope; selecting your ropes; care of
rope; making up line; knots, bends, and hitches; splices; securing lines;
dipping the eye.
- Sources of weather
information; wind and boating; wind and waves; understanding weather;
weather and heat; fog; non-frontal weather.
- Radios used on boats;
functions of radios; licenses; selecting your VHF-FM radio; installation;
operating your VHF-FM; maintain a radio watch; channels have special
purposes; some "no no's"; copies of the rules; calling another
station; procedure words; phonetic alphabet; routine radio check; distress,
urgency, and safety calls; crew training.
- Security matters
in today's world. Learn how keeping alert on the water can keep your fellow
boaters safe from harm's way.
- Small boat safety;
personal watercraft; hypothermia; motorboats and sailboats; carbon monoxide
poisoning; float plan; U.S. Coast Guard District Offices; instructions for
using a course plotter; metric conversion system.
For more information or to regester, please
contact Woody Knight.
SAFETY ALERT !!!
BOAT MARYLAND: A COURSE ON
Graduates receive MD wallet card
certificate of boating safety education
(Needed to operate a motor boat in Maryland if
born after July 1, 1972)
April 14, 16, 21 and 23, 2008
7:30 -9:30 pm
Tilden Middle School
11211 Old Georgetown
Rockville, MD 20852
Woodrow Knight (301) 924-3550
Learn in person from experienced boaters!