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America's Boating Course

Dates:March 13 - May 8, 2024
Meets:W from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location:Peirce M.S. A108
Cost: $40.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

This course is designed for the operators of power, sail, paddle, personal watercraft, and fishing boats. This course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and recognized by the US Coast Guard. It meets PA's requirements to obtain a PA Boating Safety Education Certificate which is honored by most states including MD, DE, and NJ.

The America's Boating Course topics include:
" Getting Started: types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; paddle boats; houseboats and personal water craft.
" Required 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.
" Going Boating: how to get started with using your boat.
" Navigation Rules: navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions.
" Navigation Aids: the U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons
" Lights and Sounds: required running lights and sound signals
" Government Regulations: 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.
" Pennsylvania & Local Regulations
" Finding your way: Use of nautical charts, GSP and navigation tools.
" Anchoring: ; choosing and using an anchor
" Adverse conditions and emergencies: 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.
" Communications Afloat: use of marine radios.
" Water Sports Safety: Water-skiing safety guidelines and hand signals; water-skiing with a PWC; navigating rivers, and other boating tips.
" Trailering: types of trailers; trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading, balancing, and towing (and backing) a trailer; boat launching and retrieving;
" PWC Operations
" Knots and Lines

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Fee: $40.00

Peirce M.S. A108

1314 Burke Rd., West Chester
From W. Chester take Rte. 100 North (Pottstown Pike). Go through light at Sunset Hollow Rd. (Wawa on right) and make next left onto Burke Rd. School is on the left.

Russ Jones

Date Day Time Location
03/13/2024Wednesday6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Peirce M.S. A108
03/20/2024Wednesday6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Peirce M.S. A108
03/27/2024Wednesday6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Peirce M.S. A108
04/03/2024Wednesday6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Peirce M.S. A108
04/17/2024Wednesday6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Peirce M.S. A108
04/24/2024Wednesday6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Peirce M.S. A108
05/08/2024Wednesday6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Peirce M.S. A108