The Boat NJ course is an 8-hour course that provides a comprehensive overview of required boat and PWC operation.
Course components include:
- A description of boat characteristics, basic hull designs, nomenclature, power systems and classification by the US Coast Guard.
- Legal requirements for the registration and titling of boats, the equipment to be carried on board and the training and certification of boat operators.
- Basic safety regulations, Rules of the Road and understanding the State and Federal aids to navigation systems in the waterways.
- Operating characteristics of boats and an introduction to basic seamanship.
- Accident prevention and steps to take to insure personal safety on the water; facts about boating under the influence and the effects of hypothermia on boaters; and water rescue techniques for boaters.
- Weather observation, chart familiarization, use of the marine compass, use of the marine VHF radio, and boating through locks and around dams.
- Special operational characteristics of personal watercraft; riding and handling techniques and personal protective equipment.
- Environmental management and conservation responsibilities of boat operators, including fueling and cleanup; restrictions on marine heads, the dumping of trash and waste; and reporting responsibilities and procedures.
- Dangers of Carbon Monoxide. Keeping our Waterways Safe and US Warnings.