If you are interested in an in-depth boating safety course, check out the in-classroom (seminar) version of the US Coast Guard Auxiliaries boating course.
This beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in MA (and NH). Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete
At the successful completion and a passing grade on the exam, participants will receive a course certificate and wallet card. Junior operator licenses will be submitted to the state that allows 12-16 years to operate a powerboat and 16-17 years old to operate jet skis.
The seminar includes a morning break, a one-hour lunch break, and a short break before the exam.
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.
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. (Text Book Only)
Cohasset residents only. Pre-registration is required. The minimum age is 12 by the date of any class.
Willcutt Commons - 91 Sohier Street.
We will follow all local, state, and federal guidelines in regards to Covid protocols.