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BS&S Course OverviewBoating Skills & Seamanship
The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's Boating Skills and Seamanship (BS&S) course is the CGAuxiliary’s official comprehensive boating and navigation course designed for both the experienced and the novice boater.
The course consists of 8 core required lessons plus- must know LOCAL navigation lessons, providing you with up-to-date knowledge for handling boats in all conditions...Right here in Coastal Georgia waters!
See what our course topics include:


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 Many insurance companies will offer discounts on boat insurance to individuals who successfully complete this course. Individuals who successfully complete the course and exam are awarded certificates and National boater cards good in every state.
Both the novice and the experienced boater will benefit from lessons in boating terminology, boat equipment, boat handling, boat trailering, coastal ocean boating, rules of the road, navigation, medical/safety awareness, tides, weather warning signs, engines, radios, and how to read a nautical chart and plot a course, tie an appropriate knot and call in a mayday plus local knowledge so useful in ever changing Golden Isles



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Online reservations must be made by one day
before the course is set to begin. 

You are signing up for the BS&S course.
The cost is $75. per student  (includes materials)

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This course is approved by Georgia DNR, The US Coast Guard & NASBLA

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You are signing up for the Boating Skills & Seamanship course 
a series beginning Saturday March 24, 2018. 1st class starts at 9AM (scheule above)
UGA Marine Extension 715 Bay Street, Brunswick, GA  31520


Reservation payments for our public boating classes and/or any reference materials are nonrefundable. The classes are professionally taught by your local USCGAUX Volunteer Lifesavers. All proceeds go back into public education and therefore are not done for profit. We apologize in advance if this policy causes you any inconvenience.

For additional info & questions contact: Ted Dubose at 912-258-8402  or E-mail:

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Your local US Coast Guard Auxiliary 10-10 has the USCG approved boating courses that will fulfill much more than your obligation under the new Georgia law and/or give you confidence as a safe boater for you and your family!
Our courses are full of local knowledge, we explain federal & state do’s & dont’s that we make easy & fun to understand. Online courses simply can’t supply the hands on, local knowledge that the experienced instructors of the USCGAux provide.  Sometimes rules & regulations can be both boring and overreaching...boating law, however, is just good common sense!!

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This course is approved by Georgia DNR, The US Coast Guard & NASBLA

  Topics Include

**We focus on seasoned instructors local knowledge to help you understand how to navigate in our complex Georgia coastal area!
Which Boat Is For You? Boater's language; types of boats; outboard motors and stern drives; hull design; uses of boats; other power plants; materials for constructing boats; your intended use; the Coast Guard Customer Info line; marine surveyors; buying a boat.

  • Equipment For Your Boat  Requirements for your boat; your boat's equipment; legal considerations; substance abuse; boating accident reports; Courtesy Marine Examinations.
  • Trailering Your Boat  Legal considerations; practical considerations; the towing vehicle; balancing the load; handling your trailer; pre-departure checks; preparing to launch; launching; retrieving; storing your boat and trailer; theft prevention; Zebra mussels; float plan.
  • Handling Your Boat  Leave with a full tank; fueling your boat; your boat's propellor; cars and boats; twin screws; jet drives; loading your boat; getting started; leaving a pier; "man" overboard; docking; mooring to a permanent anchor; anchoring; towing a skier; heavy weather; small boat safety.
  • Your "Highway" Signs  Protection of ATONs; buoyage systems; waterway marks; how waterways are marked; light characteristics; chart symbols; light structures; lights on bridges; electronic aids to navigation; a word to the wise; navigation publications.
  • The Rules You Must Follow  Two sets of rules; to whom do the rules apply; what is a vessel; the general responsibility rule; general considerations; conduct in narrow channels; traffic separation schemes; vessel traffic services; stand-on or give-way; rules for special vessels; risk of collision; bend signals; restricted visibility; vessel lights and shapes; vessels at anchor; diving operations; distress signals; drawbridge signals; penalties.
  • Inland Boating  Types of inland waters; inland navigation; inland seamanship; river currents; maintaining inland waterways; dams; locks; river charts; commercial traffic; before you go. (This lesson typically will not be taught in coastal courses)
  • The Rest Of Our Story Small boat safety; personal water craft; hypothermia; motorboats and sailboats; carbon monoxide poisoning; float plan; U.S. Coast Guard District Offices; instructions for using a course plotter; metric conversion system.
  • Introduction To Navigation  Piloting tools; maps and charts; chart features; your chart's general information block; other charted information; your magnetic compass; position on the earth's surface; locating a point on a chart; distance on the earth's surface; measuring distance; course plotting; sources of compass error; correcting a compass reading; positioning; speed-time-distance; dead reckoning; practice your art.
  • Powering Your Boat  Types of marine engines; marine engines; selecting a propeller; induction systems; ignition systems; flame arresters; cooling systems; gasoline considerations; batteries; maintenance; winterizing your boat; spring fitting-out; troubleshooting.
  • Lines & Knots For Your Boat  Line or rope; rope materials; kinds of rope; measuring rope; selecting your ropes; care of rope; making up line; knots, bends, and hitches; splices; securing lines; dipping the eye.
  • Weather & Boating Sources of weather information; wind and boating; wind and waves; understanding weather; weather and heat; fog; non-frontal weather.
  • Your Boat's Radio  Radios used on boats; functions of radios; licenses; selecting your VHF-FM radio; installation; operating your VHF-FM; maintain a radio watch; channels have special purposes; some "no no's"; copies of the rules; calling another station; procedure words; phonetic alphabet; routine radio check; distress, urgency, and safety calls; crew training.

All information contained herein is believed to be true and accurate but is not guaranteed.



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