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PIVOT TURN

Learn how to turn your boat by safely executing a pivot turn of at least 180-degrees within a space of 1-to-2 boat lengths, turning your helm from one side to the other while in neutral and smoothly shifting into gears at idle speed.

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LIFE JACKETS

Learn how to choose the most appropriate life jacket for your boat and activity, ensure that it's serviceable, fits properly, plus how to put it on and wear it. Also learn a boat operator’s responsibilities to passengers and crew.

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VESSEL SAFETY CHECKS

Learn how to schedule a courtesy VSC, at no charge, with a qualified USCGA or United States Power Squadrons Vessel Safety Examiner. Also learn how a VSC will improve your understanding of safety equipment and regulations.

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PLANNING AHEAD

Learn how to plan ahead by obtaining weather forecasts, creating a basic navigation plan, evaluating hazards and other environmental factors, and assessing conditions – including water temp, wind, tide, and current.

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VESSEL INSPECTION

Learn how to inspect your boat’s systems and safety equipment by completing a pre-departure checklist, noting legally required equipment according to state and federal regulations as well as manufacturer recommendations.

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PREPARING FOR DEPARTURE

Learn how to board your boat safely using three points of contact and distributing passengers and gear to maintain stability -- plus how to prepare for your intended departure maneuver by readying lines, equipment, and crew members.

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DEPARTING

Learn how to depart from docks, moorings, and shorelines by using your boat engine’s shift, throttle, and steering, giving consideration to wind and current, while correctly managing lines and maintaining a proper lookout.

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STEERING BASICS

Learn how to maintain directional control at minimum speed keeping your boat on a predetermined course for at least five boat lengths, employing a 360-degree lookout with visual checks to identify potential hazards.

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STOPPING AND HOLDING POSITION

Learn how to hold the position of your boat near an object in the water for at least a minute, how to bring your boat from idle speed to a complete stop in one boat length, and how to back your boat in a predetermined direction.

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GETTING ON PLANE & OPERATING ON PLANE

Learn how to how to throttle up to high speed and down to slow speed smoothly, trim your boat while underway by adjusting the position of passengers or gear, and use your engine’s drive trim or trim tabs to optimize efficiency.

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MANEUVERING ON PLANE

Learn how to steer a straight course in your boat at a high speed in a predetermined direction for 50 boat lengths, plus how to make course alterations, smoothly turning, and assuming new headings 45 degrees to port and starboard.

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STOPPING A BOAT ON PLANE

Learn how to stop your boat from planing or normal operating speed within five boat lengths, ensuring your wake does not overtake your stern, plus how to stop your boat from high speed in under two boat lengths in emergency mode.

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ANCHORING A BOAT

Learn how to select the best anchor, chain, and rode for your boat and the waters where your will be anchoring, to set your anchor in various conditions taking into account environmental hazards, and to stay at anchor safely.

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MAN OVERBOARD

Learn how to respond when a person falls overboard by returning your boat to the person in the water within ten feet in less than a minute--that a successful retrieval begins with a briefing before leaving the dock--and much more.

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PREPARING FOR ARRIVAL

Learn how to prepare your boat for arrival at your destination by readying lines, equipment, and passengers, plus how to check for a clear approach by confirming there are no conflicts with your intended arrival maneuver.

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DOCKING

Learn how to bring your boat to a predetermined point by using a stopping procedure – giving consideration to wind, current, and boat traffic – and coming to a full, safe stop within twelve inches of your docking contact point.

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MOORING AND SHORELINE LANDING

Learn how to bring your boat to a full, safe stop within twelve inches of a mooring or at an appropriate shoreline without damaging your propulsion unit. Also learn how to ensure the safe disembarking of your passengers and crew.

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SECURING THE BOAT

Learn how to secure your boat to a dock, slip, mooring or shoreline, using appropriate lines and knots, and anticipating winds, currents, and expected tides. Also learn how to depart from your boat having checked its equipment.

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