US Coast Guard Auxiliary

PFD    Public Education Courses

Currently, Flotilla 49 sponsors four USCG Auxiliary Boating Education Programs.  They are:

These Courses will be given at the following locations:

For Course Location, Dates and Time click here:

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    Course Descriptions:

    Boating Skills and Seamanship:

    Be safe and confident on the water by learning about maneuvering, marlinspike seamanship, navigation, "rules of the water," knots, charts and compass, marine engines, weather, radio-telephone, safe motor boat operation, trailering and much more taught by certified U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors. If you are thinking about buying a power boat or just want to refresh your boating knowledge, this is the course for you. Tuition includes new U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary BS&S 13th edition textbook provided opening night and many hands-on exercises like charting a course and knot tying.

     

    Approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Certificate is presented upon successful completion of course exam. This allows you to apply for the PA Boating Safety Education Certificate/card which is legally required if born after 1/1/1982 (and operating with >25 HP) and for all PWC operators. Students receive a year’s free membership in “BoatU.S.”. Most boat insurers offer discounts upon successful completion of this course.” (Note: The PA state boating certificate is not accepted in New Jersey for owners of New Jersey registered boats. The PA state boating certificate is accepted in most other states).


    Advanced Coastal Navigation :

    Advanced Coastal Navigation provides in-depth instruction in trip planning, navigation within site of land using paper charts and other methods. The skills learned also take into consideration issues such as adjusting for current and tides. The course provides detailed instruction in chart reading, navigator's tools, piloting and the use of navigation reference publications. The ACN course

    is extremely technical and it is highly suggested that students first take

    Boating Skills and Seamanship or have more than a basic knowledge of boating skills.

     

    Sailing Skills & Seamanship

    This class is for beginning and experienced sailors. Learn the equipment, nomenclature and safe operation of sailboats. Be safe and confident on the water by learning about maneuvering, marlinspike seamanship, navigation, "rules of the water," knots, charts and compass, marine engines, weather, radio-telephone, safe motor boat operation, trailering and much more taught by certified U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors. If you are thinking about buying a sail boat or just want to refresh your sailing knowledge, this is the course for you. Tuition includes new U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary BS&S 13th edition textbook provided opening night and many hands-on exercises like charting a course and knot tying.

     

    Approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Certificate is presented upon successful completion of course exam. This allows you to apply for the PA Boating Safety Education Certificate/card which is legally required if born after 1/1/1982 (and operating with >25 HP) and for all PWC operators. Students receive a year’s free membership in “BoatU.S.”. Most boat insurers offer discounts upon successful completion of this course.” (Note: The PA state boating certificate is not accepted in New Jersey for owners of New Jersey registered boats. The PA state boating certificate is accepted in most other states).

     

    The Weekend Navigator :

    The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Weekend Navigation Course is a comprehensive course designed for both experienced and novice powerboat and sailboat operators. The course is divided into two major parts designed to educate the boating enthusiast in skills required for a safe voyage on a variety of waters and boating conditions.

    Paddlecraft :

    An introductory course to meet the boater education needs for operating a paddlecraft– specifically a canoe or kayak. The information includes maintenance, safety, tips on how to be a courteous operator, and laws and regulations to which must be adhered. Tuition includes textbook. Class for adults and children ages 12 and older.

    Note: The manual does not explain how to perform paddlecraft strokes or rescue techniques. The best way to learn basic and emergency paddling strokes and techniques is by taking a hands-on course with a qualified instructor and then practicing what you learned. Be sure you practice with an instructor or friend in case you need assistance.

     

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