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SECURING THE BOAT

Learn how to secure your boat to a dock, slip, mooring or shoreline, using appropriate lines and knots, and anticipating winds, currents, and expected tides. Also learn how to depart from your boat having checked its equipment.

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MOORING AND SHORELINE LANDING

Learn how to bring your boat to a full, safe stop within twelve inches of a mooring or at an appropriate shoreline without damaging your propulsion unit. Also learn how to ensure the safe disembarking of your passengers and crew.

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DOCKING

Learn how to bring your boat to a predetermined point by using a stopping procedure – giving consideration to wind, current, and boat traffic – and coming to a full, safe stop within twelve inches of your docking contact point.

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PREPARING FOR ARRIVAL

Learn how to prepare your boat for arrival at your destination by readying lines, equipment, and passengers, plus how to check for a clear approach by confirming there are no conflicts with your intended arrival maneuver.

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MAN OVERBOARD

Learn how to respond when a person falls overboard by returning your boat to the person in the water within ten feet in less than a minute–that a successful retrieval begins with a briefing before leaving the dock–and much more.

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ANCHORING A BOAT

Learn how to select the best anchor, chain, and rode for your boat and the waters where your will be anchoring, to set your anchor in various conditions taking into account environmental hazards, and to stay at anchor safely.

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STOPPING A BOAT ON PLANE

Learn how to stop your boat from planing or normal operating speed within five boat lengths, ensuring your wake does not overtake your stern, plus how to stop your boat from high speed in under two boat lengths in emergency mode.

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MANEUVERING ON PLANE

Learn how to steer a straight course in your boat at a high speed in a predetermined direction for 50 boat lengths, plus how to make course alterations, smoothly turning, and assuming new headings 45 degrees to port and starboard.

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GETTING ON PLANE & OPERATING ON PLANE

Learn how to how to throttle up to high speed and down to slow speed smoothly, trim your boat while underway by adjusting the position of passengers or gear, and use your engine’s drive trim or trim tabs to optimize efficiency.

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PIVOT TURN

Learn how to turn your boat by safely executing a pivot turn of at least 180-degrees within a space of 1-to-2 boat lengths, turning your helm from one side to the other while in neutral and smoothly shifting into gears at idle speed.

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