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Chapter 4 - Safe Boat Operation

Study Objectives

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

  • Describe the boat operator's ultimate responsibility for the safety and activity aboard their boat.
  • Understand homeland security measures.
  • Understand the influence of drugs and alcohol on their boating skills and the laws prohibiting their use.
  • Understand basic safe boating operation and good seamanship.
  • Understand typical navigation rules of the road.
  • Identify federal U.S. Aids to Navigation and understand how to use them.
  • Understand how to dock and moor their boat.
  • Choose the best anchor(s) for their boat.
  • Understand the proper and safe use of an anchor.
  • Understand the dangers, symptoms, and avoidance practices associated with carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Understand how to prevent injuries caused by motorboat propellers.

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