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STOPPING AND HOLDING POSITION

Learn how to hold the position of your boat near an object in the water for at least a minute, how to bring your boat from idle speed to a complete stop in one boat length, and how to back your boat in a predetermined direction.

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STEERING BASICS

Learn how to maintain directional control at minimum speed keeping your boat on a predetermined course for at least five boat lengths, employing a 360-degree lookout with visual checks to identify potential hazards.

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DEPARTING

Learn how to depart from docks, moorings, and shorelines by using your boat engine’s shift, throttle, and steering, giving consideration to wind and current, while correctly managing lines and maintaining a proper lookout.

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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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