Learn from Boating from Real people and
Real Hands on training - not from a computer disk
are being held at the
Bass Pro Shops
5156 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
9am - 5pm
ABS is a eight-hour, eight-chapter program designed to
appeal to hunters, anglers, personal watercraft operators and other boaters who
cannot find time for a full, comprehensive course. ABS was
developed by the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in cooperation with the U. S. Power
Squadrons and Mosby Lifeline, and is approved by the National Association of
State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). It is also approved by most of the
states which require formal instruction in order to operate a boat.
- INTRODUCTION TO BOATING -- types of boats; different uses of boats;
outboard, stern-drive, and inboard engines; jet drives.
- BOATING LAWS -- boat registration; hull identification number;
required safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents;
protecting the marine environment; boating laws and PWCs.
- PERSONAL SAFETY EQUIPMENT -- personal flotation devices ("life
jackets"); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress
signals; first aid kit; anchor; safety equipment and PWC.
- SAFE BOAT HANDLING -- bow riding; substance abuse; entering,
loading, and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks; steering
with a tiller and a wheel; docking and mooring; knots; filing a float plan;
checking equipment, fuel, weather, and tide; using charts; choosing and using
an anchor; safe PWC handling.
- NAVIGATION -- the U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys
and beacons; navigation rules; avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWX "tunnel
- BOATING PROBLEMS -- hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues;
capsizing; running aground; emergency radio calls; engine problems; boating
problems and PWC.
- TRAILERING, STORING, AND PROTECTING YOUR BOAT -- types of trailers;
trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading, balancing, and
towing a trailer; towing (and backing) a trailer; boat launching and
retrieving; boat storage and theft protection; launching, retrieving, and
storing a PWC.
- HUNTING AND FISHING, WATERSKIING, AND RIVER BOATING -- carrying
hunting gear and weapons in a boat; fishing from a boat; waterskiing safety
guidelines and hand signals; waterskiing with a PWC; navigating rivers.
Many insurance companies will offer discounts on boat insurance to
individuals who successfully complete this program.
Individuals who successfully complete the program and exam are awarded
certificates and Florida Boater ID cards
Program starts at 8:30am - Please plan to arrive early enough to process
Also see Knots and how to tie them
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