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Chapter 2 - Boating Safety Equipment

Study Objectives

At the end of this chapter, the successful student will be able to:

  • Describe the types of U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) and their respective uses, advantages, and disadvantages based on activity for which they are intended.
  • Describe the number and types of PFDs that must be carried on the boat according to applicable regulations.
  • Understand and describe label restrictions on PFDs.
  • Understand proper placement of PFDs onboard.
  • Understand proper sizing of PFDs.
  • Understand the importance of wearing PFDs at all times.
  • Understand how to inspect the condition of PFDs and know when to replace them.
  • Understand the legal requirement for fire extinguishers.
  • Understand how to inspect and when to replace a fire extinguisher.
  • Understand the type and size of fire extinguishers needed for different types of fires.
  • Understand the purpose and maintenance of a backfire flame control device.
  • Understand the requirements for ventilation systems.
  • Understand the navigation light requirements for recreational boats.
  • Understand the types and uses of sound-producing devices for recreational boats.
  • Understand the types and uses of visual distress signals.

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