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ABS (About Boating Safely) Course
This course provides the knowledge needed to obtain state safety certification.
Many insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance
to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely

Course is taught by qualified USCG Auxiliary and Massachusetts safe boating instructors.
Boaters (ages 12+) successfully completing the course will earn:
USCG  Auxiliary Boating Safety Certificate
which is recognized by most states that require boating education.
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.
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.

Starting Date of the fist class: 5 March 2019        Time:   1830 to 2100  -  (6:30 pm to 9:00 pm)
Location: Rupert A. Nock Middle School, 70 Low Street, Newburyport 01950

Course consists of four 2 1/2-hour sessions on consecutive Tuesdays
Cost of course: $100
Registration is on-line with the Newburyport School Department
Adult & Community Education Program

Fee for texts and materials: $45 (payable directly to the instructor at first night of class)
Cash or check made out to Flotilla 38 USCGAUX credit cards cannot be accepted

For information about course content you may email the instructor
 However you must register for class on-line with the school department once the school catalog is published
Classes scheduled and pending for 2019
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This introductory course emphasizes basic navigation skills as preparation for applying them to modern electronic equipment (and as a back-up if your electronics fail).  It will be conducted in class as a combination of lecture and development of hands-on skills through coaching, with reading assignments and homework to reinforce each lesson.  Topics will include:
- The frame of reference for navigation
- Use of nautical charts and compass
- Planning waypoints and routes
- Establishing position by various methods
- Maintaining a course
- DR (dead reckoning) plotting
- Effects of tide/wind/current
Cost for the course:
$85 (includes text, handouts and training chart)
A second family member may attend for $50 (they will share the text and chart).
No credit cards, cash or check payable to: USCGAUX Flotilla 38

Chart plotting tools required are parallel rule and dividers.  It’s recommended that students bring their own plotting tools.  However, the instructor will have plotting tools available for loan the first night of the course and will provide recommendations on what should be purchased.  Students should also bring a note pad, a pink block eraser, and two # 2 pencils.
End of course will be a quiz that will be critiqued in-class.

Start Date for the course: To be determined
(3 class sessions on consecutive Wednesdays)
Time:   1900 to 2100  (7:00pm to 9:00pm)
Location:  To be determined
ABS COURSES will begin Spring 2019
in conjunction with the Newburyport Community Education Program
For more information about the pending course email:
Joe Amore, USCGAUX Public Education Officer
PENDING - Spring 2019
NOTE: Public education ​classes will take place even if there is another government shutdown since they are held at a City of Newburyport facility and no Coast Guard resources are used.