Cohasset Recreation Department

Boating Safety Instruction

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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.