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Small Boat Handler Bar (Sea Scouts)

  • Section 1
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      Introduction to ATONS: What are Aids to Navigation (ATONS) used to do?

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      Buoyage system: What are the essential markers?

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      Chart symbols and letter designations: Describe aids to navigation chart symbols for buoys, lights, daymarks and ranges.

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      Primary shapes of buoys: Describe the three primary shapes of buoys. How are they colored and numbered?

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      Obstruction, mid-channel and special types of buoys: Describe the shape, color and numbering of obstruction, mid-channel and special types of buoys

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      Beacons and daybeacons: Describe shape, color and numbering of beacons and daybeacons.

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      Ranges and range markers: What are range markers? How are they used?

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      Intercoastal waterways, lakes and rivers: Describe the intercoastal buoys and their numbering system

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      Class Project – Develop buoy recognition game using flashcards.

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      Reasons for Rules of the Road: Why are there Rules of the Road? What do they cover?

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      The danger zone: What is the danger zone for a vessel? How is it determined?

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      Windward and leeward clearances: What are the sailboat rules when they are running free and on the same tack?

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      Stand-on and give-way vessels: Describe stand-on and give-way vessels for these situations: meeting, crossing, overtaking, and passing to starboard or to port.

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      Sailboat right of way: What are the right-of-way rules for sailboats?

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      Sailboat rules: What are the rules for sailboats in relation to each other?

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      Lights required on boats: Describe navigation lights for sail, power (various types) and rowboats

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      Emergency lights: What types of emergency lights should be carried aboard any length of vessel?

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      Sound signals: Describe sound signals for warning, maneuvering, restricted visibility to starboard or to port.

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      Safety equipment: What safety equipment is required by law for various types of vessels? What other safety equipment may be appropriate? What is appropriate for your ship’s boat?

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      Visual signaling devices: What visual signaling devices are required aboard various types of vessels?

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  • Section 2
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      Boating safety and first aid: Discuss prevention or cure on the water. What’s needed if injured?

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      Checking the hull.

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      Motor size compared to the boat size: How is the appropriate size of the motor determined for a boat?

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      Fueling: Know and discuss proper boat fueling procedures.

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      Loading a small boat: How should a boat be loaded with passengers and equipment?

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      When not to go out: How do you decide if it is safe to go out? What signs should you watch?

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      Operating: What should you know and do as a responsible boat operator?

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      Distress signals: What visual distress signals (VDS) are used at night? What VDS are used during daylight?

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      Equipment needed in fog: Describe what to do if caught in heavy fog.

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      Equipment: What additional equipment (besides that required by law) is recommended by the U.S. Coast Guard?

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      Develop a checklist appropriate to be used before getting under for the boat your ship uses.

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      Seamanship: Review sea terms

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      Be able to tie the following knots and hitches quickly and correctly: overhand, square, sheet bend, bowline, clove hitch, two half-hitches, cleat hitch. Discuss their use aboard the boat used by your Ship.

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      Class project: Demonstrate on an actual boat the checklist and procedures covered in items 1-12 in Section 2: Boating Safety.

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      Types and use of anchors

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      Describe how wind and current affect operation & docking.

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    • 17.

      Complete one of the boat handling demonstrations described in the Small Boat Handler requirements.

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