Boater Education Classroom Course - 10/19/2019 - (622803)
Girl Scout Camp Casa Mare
Instructor: Robert Rice
About the CourseAnyone born on or after September 1, 1993 who wishes to operate certain vessels on the public waterways of Texas. See Water Safety Act for details. Boating courses are taught by US Coast Guard Auxiliary, US Power Squadron and trained volunteer instructors, as well as teachers, and game wardens. With more and more people enjoying the lakes and rivers every year, it's important, for everyone, that boaters educate themselves on boating skills and seamanship. All classes are a minimum of six hours. More questions? Check our FAQ page.
Texas Safe Boating Class Just for Mariners
This is the Texas Safe Boating course required under Texas law for all boaters born on or after 9/1/1993. The class is suitable for all Texas boaters, whether your preferred boat has a sails or a motor. If you sail or motor something larger than a Sunfish, then this is safety education class for you.
This class-room course uses the US Coast Guard Auxiliary's safe boating curriculum and meets all State of Texas requirements.
For youth and adults involved in Girl Scout Mariner sailing, this class is required for all adult motorboat operators, and also required for Mariners taking Sloop skipper, Sloop captain or big boat ratings.
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; steering 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.
Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat – Types of trailers; trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading, balancing, and towing a trailer; towing (and backing) a trailer; boat launching and retrieving; boat storage and theft protection; launching, retrieving and storing a PWC.
DATE: October 19, 2019
TIME: The class begins at 8:00am and runs to approximately 5:00pm. Course books, test materials, and lunch will be provided.
COST: The cost for Mariners and adult volunteers is $35, which includes the state of Texas fee, books, tests and lunch.
Go here to pay the class fee: https://coastguardauxiliary.epaypolicy.com/
To be signed up for this class you must 1) register here and 2) also pay the $35 per person fee at the link above. Please pay online in advance.
LOCATION: Girl Scout Camp Casa Mare.