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Boating Fun – Adventure on the Water was written in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is a storybook/coloring book (targeted to children in Grades K-3) with pictures that are suitable for making overhead transparencies. A guide to the safe boating messages in the book, as well as a list of activities (with short explanations), can be found on Pages 1-2. The story contains all the safe boating messages and, in addition, Key Messages for the pictures are separately listed on each page where the related picture is found. Date, time, format and cost TBA.
Paddlers’ Guide to Safety has been prepared by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in cooperation with the American Canoe Association. It is designed as a stand-alone course that can precede or supplement on-the-water experience. The objective for this course is for novice paddlers to be aware of the basic issues and needs for paddling safety, the basic equipment they should have, and to provide some info about paddling that will help them be a more knowledgeable and safer paddler. Date, time, format and cost TBA.
Personal Watercraft Class is a very basic introduction to the safety issues involved when operating a PWC. The purpose of the course is to teach that PWCs are true boats and that their skippers have the same legal responsibilities, and should learn the rules of the road to the same degree as any other boater. Date, time, format and cost TBA.
Seamanship Seminar Series are six short seminars on the subjects of: Boating Safety, Inland Boating, Lines and Knots, Powering Your Boat, Weather and Boating, and Your Boat’s Radio. Each seminar is two hours. Date, time, format and cost TBA.
Suddenly In Command is a 4-hour class designed for those not generally at the helm and will help you to be prepared with the basics in case of an emergency. You will learn about your vessel, nomenclature, and operating principles such as starting the engine, basic boat handling, and your on board equipment. Included descriptions of what causes boating mishaps and how to minimize them. This course is a must for family members in case something happens to the boat operator. Date, time, format and cost TBA.
Waypoints is designed for kids to understand basic boating safety. The course presents boating safety in an age-appropriate manner and includes student review questions for discussion. Topics include parts of a boat, life jackets, keeping your balance in a boat, safety equipment, basic boating rules, and what to do if someone falls out of the boat. “One Minute Mystery” questions throughout the presentation provide discussion points for the students. Date, time, format and cost TBA.
Weekend Navigator is designed to provide both a basic and advanced navigation course that includes the use of GPS and charts, parallel rulers, dividers, and compass to insure safety if your electronics go out. It provides students with the rudiments of navigation by using GPS along with the back-up skill of navigation using charts, plotting tools, and dead reckoning. The intent is to provide the student with a solid foundation with emphasis on technique without a blind reliance on electronics. Date, time, format and cost TBA.