America's Boating Course

   An exciting, in-depth boating safety course, America's Boating Course will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states, and many insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to those who successfully complete America's Boating Course.

This class can be completed locally in one day or taken online.

To register for a local class and for more information - click HERE

For Online Classes - this link will take you to  national site for AMERICA'S BOATING CLUB

Boat and water safety course topics include:

  • 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 (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.

The interactive America's Boating Course can be taken in any of three ways: on the Internet, by studying a 244-page course manual, or with a CD. No matter how you like to learn, when you sign up you'll receive a complete package that includes the course manual, and a PIN number giving you access to the Internet course. * Note: not all jurisdictions accept online courses.

Does your state have boater education laws?

Boat Show Special - $85.   
Regular price - Non-members $90; Members $45.

 

Nashville Boating

Upcoming Events and Educational Opportunities:

EVENTS
October Membership Meeting - October 27 - Fall Cruise to Bledsoe Creek.  Will raft up at Bledsoe Creek.  Boats leaving from Gallatin Marina and LaGuardo at 2:00 P.M.  Contact Randy Stone at rstone@nashvillemachine.com to arrange Gallatin Marina pickup or Bobby Naylor at jrbnaylor@aol.com for LaGuardo pick up location.  

November Membership Meeting - November 11 - Meeting at the Corner Pub in Mt. Juliet, TN starting at 18:00 hrs with social time.  Presentation to start at 18:30 hrs.  Presentiation will be Marine Electronics by West Marine.

December Christmas Party - December 8 at Bobby and Sharon Home.  More details comming soon.  

UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES - 

America's Boating Class (ABC) - The class will be taught in two session starting on the second and ending on thea fourth Saturday of October 2019, November 2019 and January 2020.  More details can be found on the followiing Link:  ABC Class Schedule 

Contact Randy Stone for additional educationational opportunites at rstone@nashvillemachine.com.

 

SAFETY TIP
 ELECTRICAL SHOCK DROWNING (ESD) BY DIY AC SAFETY TEST FOR BOAT AND DOCK OWNERS.  All boat and dock owners must check your AC electrical system for stray current that could cause electrical shock and potential death to swimmers.  It could save a life.

SPRING BOATING CHECK LIST - PLEASE REVIEW THIS CHECK LIST AS YOU PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST LAUNCH.

VESSEL SAFETY CHECKS - Americas Boating Club's Vessel Safety Inspectors are eager to inspect your boat anytime during the 2019 boating season for FREE.  Please request Vessel Safety Inspections via our online request in the Vessel Safety Check tab.  A Vessel Safety Inspector will contact you shortly after your request is recieved.  

 

2019 Bridge Leadership

Commander -

Cdr Ray Alley, AP-IN

Squadron Education Officer -

Lt/C Randy Stone, P

Assistant Education Officer -

1st Lt Art Chapman, P

Secretary -

Lt/C Barry Cleveland, AP

Treasurer -

Lt/C Bobby Naylor, AP

Member-at-Large -

1/Lt Jane Malatak, P

1/Lt Jack Rubey, S

 

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