This hands-on training program addresses all the most important operational and safety aspects of boating.
MANEUVERING EXERCISES include docking, mooring, anchoring, getting
a fix on your location, reading a chart, steering a compass course,
identifying navigation aids, basic navigation rules, handling waves, helm techniques for water skiing, and man overboard recovery techniques.
ELECTRONIC EXERCISES include basic navigation system use, waypoints, plotting a course, using the radar, using a fish finder, and radio operations.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND TOWING TRAINING is a discussion topic that happens dockside. Hands on opportunities include line handling, throwing a heaving line, and marlinspike.
SAFETY TRAINING is also a discussion topic. By taking this element of the on-water training program you will become confident that your boat has all the recommended safety equipment onboard. Plus, you can learn additional safety tips and about equipment you may choose to add. Because Captain Steve is a USCG certified Vessel Examiner he can provide you with a free Vessel Safety Check if requested to do so.
SECOND IN COMMAND TRAINING is designed to educate passengers who do not have a safe level of experience operating a boat. Generally this group includes a spouse and children, plus close relatives and friends who are frequent passengers. Any of these individuals could suddenly find themselves in a situation where the primary operator gets injured, becomes ill, falls overboard, or otherwise is no longer able to take the helm. Parts of this training can be performed dockside. On-water exercises as described above are recommended.