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Chapter 3 - Trip Planning and Preparation

Study Objectives

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

  • Make informed boating decisions based on forecasted local weather, water conditions, boater skill level, boat range, and capability of the operator and the boat pertinent to those conditions.
  • Identify dangerous weather conditions.
  • Obtain information about local hazards that could impede the operation of their boat.
  • Understand the importance of notifying someone of your boating plans.
  • List the information that should be included in a float plan.
  • Understand the need for regular inspection and maintenance of the boat.
  • Identify the key components of the boat.
  • Describe the procedures for safe trailering, towing, launching, and retrieving the boat from the water.
  • Describe the procedures for fueling, ventilation during fueling, and protection of the marine environment during fueling.
  • Understand the importance of using a pre-departure checklist.
  • Conduct an onboard safety discussion with his/her passengers.
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