This course is a hands on behind the helm powerboat handling course designed specifically for those who wish to improve their close quarters maneuvering and precise docking skills. This 12 hour program is conducted onboard your vessel or one of US Boat School’s training vessels, up to 36’. It is taught by professional, US Coast Guard licensed Master captains who are also certified Instructors in close quarter maneuvering and docking. We use the progressive method of teaching. The skills learned in this class are fundamental requirements for the competent boater. It is designed as a stand alone program. Successful completion of CQ 101 earns the student certification on either a twin or single inboard vessel or an outboard/stern drive vessel. This valuable program is highly regarded by both experienced and novice boaters alike. Prerequisites - None
The course is conducted over 2 days and includes 12 hours of underway instruction on either a: Single or twin inboard vessel Outboard or I/O. Your course begins with a dockside vessel orientation and pre-departure inspection followed by close quarters maneuvering practice including:
Docking and undocking in a protected slip bow and stern first
360 degree turns in tight Quarters
Coming alongside a facing pier (such as a fuel dock) both port and starboard
Backing down 100 yards in a narrow channel
Docking bow and stern first with only one engine operable
Docking and undocking using spring lines.
Instructors will also cover:
Vessel refueling safety Procedures
Proper use of a VHF marine
Understanding and using Navigational Aids
Basic Rules of the Road
Admission Persons attending this program must be at least 15 years of age, submit a properly completed and signed Registration Form and have an official photo ID on the first day of class. Each class requires a minimum of three (3) stu-dents. Should you be the only student in the class requesting a particular vessel type, such as I/O, you will receive private, hands-on underway instruction on a six hour schedule.
OW101— Open water and Anchoring 3 hours
Seamanship & Safety Includes seamanship under power
Rules of the Road — boating laws and regulations, operating your boat safely
Basic Knots and line handling
Navigation - includes aids to navigation, basic chart navigation
Electronics - Brief review on how to use a marine VHF radio depth sounder and GPS unit.
Procedures for conducting a pre-departure vessel check out and an overview of routine preventive vessel maintenance
Training includes classroom and underway boat handling. This intensive 12 hour course may be taken as a stand alone program or as part of the CB 101 training and certification course.
Legal Requirements & Regulations:
Boat Registration Hull Identification Safety Equipment Getting Underway Preparation Float Plan
Leaving the dock or pier Skipper’s responsibility Operating Your Boat
Basic Rules of the Road Vessel Right of Way Aids to Navigation On the Water Skills
Boat handling practice at the Helm Anchoring Choosing location Selecting anchors Special Topics Marlinspike (knots & lines)
Weather Hypothermia Ski signals Environmental Issues
The program will include 8 hours of class time and 4 hours of on-the -water skills practice.