Powerboats >> US Powerboating Small Powerboat Certification
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A two-part blended learning course combining classroom instruction with practical, hands-on experience for the new boater as well as the more seasoned boater who wants to improve both knowledge and skill. Part 1 (live online) and Part 2 (in-person) may be taken one without the other, but successful completion of Part 1 and Part 2, and a passing grade on the written exams, is required to qualify for the US Powerboating Safe Powerboat Handling Certification and the California Boater Card. No previous experience is required! The US Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) have approved this course and the course is recognized in California as meeting the requirements for a California Boater Card. The national and state approvals call for the course to include not less than six hours of classroom instruction covering required education topics. By the end of the course, you will know about powerboats and outboard motors, required equipment, boat preparation, launching and trailering. You will be able to perform basic boat handling skills including docking, turning, securing a boat, anchoring, minimum control speed, and person in the water rescue. All students will practice in powerboats provided by The School. We will also cover basic terminology and boat systems, knots, weather and tides, right of way rules, navigation, safety and emergency procedures, environmental regulations and CA boating laws.