United States Power Squadron Classes:
The American Boating Course is a two (2) day course, usually held on Saturdays, and covers the following information:
- INTRODUCTION TO BOATING -- types of boats; different uses of boats; outboard, stern-drive, and inboard engines; jet drives.
- BOATING LAWS -- boat registration; hull identification number; required safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; Federal boating laws; and PWCs.
- PERSONAL SAFETY EQUIPMENT -- personal flotation devices ("life jackets"); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; first aid kit; anchor; safety equipment and PWC.
- SAFE BOAT HANDLING -- bow riding; substance abuse; entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks; steering with a tiller and a wheel; docking and mooring; knots; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather, and tide; using charts; choosing and using an anchor; safe PWC handling.
- NAVIGATION -- the U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules; avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWX "tunnel vision."
- BOATING PROBLEMS -- hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; capsizing; running aground; emergency radio calls; engine problems; boating problems and PWC.
- 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, WATERSKIING, AND RIVER BOATING -- carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat; fishing from a boat; waterskiing safety guidelines and hand signals; waterskiing with a PWC; navigating rivers.
Squadron Boating Course:
The Squadron Boating Course is an eight (8) week course, held on Tuesday nights, and covers the following information:
- You are the Skipper! What would you do?
- Boat Terms & Types
- Marine Radiotelephone
- Introduction to Knots and Lines
- Charts and Aids to Navigation
- Piloting - Plotting a course, using the mariner's compass, figuring your Distance-Speed-Time and determining your position on the face of the earth.
- Boat Handling
- Government and Louisiana Regulations
- Navigation Rules of the Road
- What to do in Adverse Conditions
- Personal Watercraft Operations
More information is available at www.nops.org or phone P/C Nolan F. Haro, Sr., SN VE at 504-338-Fish.