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Small Boat Handler Course (Sea Scouts)

  • Section One

    Aids to Navigation and Rules of the Road

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      Introduction to aids to navigation

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      Buoyage system

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      Chart symbols and letter designations

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      Primary shapes for buoys

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      Obstruction, mid-channel, and special types of buoys

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      Beacons and daybeacons

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      Ranges, range markers

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      Intracoastal waterways, lakes, and rivers

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      Class project—Develop buoy recognition game using flash cards

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      Reasons for rules of the road

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      The danger zone

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      Windward and leeward clearances

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      Stand-on and give-way vessels

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      Sailboat right of way

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      Sailboat rules

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      Lights required on boats

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      Emergency lights

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      Sound signals

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      Safety equipment

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      Visual signaling devices

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  • Section Two

    Boating Safety

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      Boating safety and first aid

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      Checking the hull

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      Motor size compared with the boat

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      Fueling—dangers, precautions, and procedures

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      Loading a small boat

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      When not to go out

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      Operating

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      Distress signals

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      Equipment

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      Equipment—anchors, line, signaling, first aid kit

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      Project — Have class develop a checklist.

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      Seamanship—Review sea terms (see glossary).

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      Knots — Have class learn to tie overhand, square, sheet bend, bowline, clove hitch, two half hitches, and belaying to a cleat.

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      Class project — Prepare to cruise. Have class demonstrate on an actual boat the checklist, and procedures covered in items 1–12.

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      Types and uses of anchors

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      Wind and current

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      Conclusion — Present Small Boat Handler’s Bar, No. 04052, to those successfully completing the course.

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