Cohasset Recreation Department

Boating Safety Instruction

Cohasset Recreation offers U.S.C.G.A. Boating Safety Course Check out all our Boating Courses at Cohasset Recreation! Cohasset Town Hall 41 Highland Avenue Cohasset, MA 02025
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; teering 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. 

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 Boating Safety Certificate.