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US Coast Guard Auxiliary About Boating Safely (ABS) Class

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 44 - Daytona Beach, FL
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Dec 02 8:30AM - 5:00PM

This beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely.


  • 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 EquipmentPersonal 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.
  • Hunting and Fishing, Water-skiing and River Boating Carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat; fishing from a boat; water-skiing safety guidelines and hand signals; water-skiing with a PWC; navigating rivers, and other boating tips.


  1. Please bring lunch, we will break for lunch but there are not many fast food places in this area.
  2. This class will result, upon successful completion, in a Florida Boating Safety ID card. This card is required for anyone born after Jan 1, 1988 and will be mailed from FWC.
  3. This class satisfies requirement #1 for FWC violations, Please bring a copy of your citation and paperwork to be completed (if you have it.)
  4. At the door registration does not accept credit cards. Early Bird Registation is NOT REFUNDABLE OR TRANSFERABLE TO ANOTHER CLASS.
  5. At the door registration is $35.
  6. Fees cover the cost of the textbook and an administrative fee to cover the exam and certificate materials. Our instructors are volunteers and receive no compensation.

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