Cohasset Recreation Department

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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 (sometime referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWC "tunnel vision." and so much more. Successful completion of this course will enable boat operators between the ages of 12 & 15 years who wish to operate a motorboat and those who are 16 and 17 years of age who wish to operate a PWC to obtain their Massachusetts Junior Operator Certificate.


Sailing Skills & Seamanship
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Sailing Skills & Seamanship (SS&S) course is a comprehensive course designed for both the novice and experienced sailor. The presentation will cover the core course, with emphasis on education for novice sailors. Topics to be covered include: different types of sailboats; how a boat uses the wind and water to sail; how to handle the sails and helm to maneuver the boat; how to rig the boat; how to depart from and return to a dock; how to depart from a mooring; how to pick up a mooring; how to anchor and weigh anchor; required safety. Successful completion of this course will enable youth between the ages of 12 and 15 years to obtain the Massachusetts state junior operator certificate for independent operation of powered recreational boats.