Monthly Archives: March 2016

PREPARING FOR DEPARTURE

Learn how to board your boat safely using three points of contact and distributing passengers and gear to maintain stability — plus how to prepare for your intended departure maneuver by readying lines, equipment, and crew members.

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VESSEL INSPECTION

Learn how to inspect your boat’s systems and safety equipment by completing a pre-departure checklist, noting legally required equipment according to state and federal regulations as well as manufacturer recommendations.

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PLANNING AHEAD

Learn how to plan ahead by obtaining weather forecasts, creating a basic navigation plan, evaluating hazards and other environmental factors, and assessing conditions – including water temp, wind, tide, and current.

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VESSEL SAFETY CHECKS

Learn how to schedule a courtesy VSC, at no charge, with a qualified USCGA or United States Power Squadrons Vessel Safety Examiner. Also learn how a VSC will improve your understanding of safety equipment and regulations.

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LIFE JACKETS

Learn how to choose the most appropriate life jacket for your boat and activity, ensure that it’s serviceable, fits properly, plus how to put it on and wear it. Also learn a boat operator’s responsibilities to passengers and crew.

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