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About Boating Safety (ABS) Certification Class

Location: Student Life Center

Take this one day beginner boating class, sponsored by the USCG Auxiliary, at the University of Hawaiʻi Student Life Center. This will give you the knowledge needed to obtain the boat operator license (safety certification) which is required in Hawaiʻi for boat operators. You will immediately receive your certification at the conclusion of this one day training. In addition, many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete the ABSC. This is not the PWC (personal water craft – jet ski) course.

Topics Include

Introduction to Boating – Types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; paddle boats; houseboats; different uses of boats; various power boating engines; jet drives; family boating basics.

Boating Law – Boat registration; boating regulation; hull identification number; required boat safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; Federal boat law; state boating laws; personal watercraft requirements.

Boat Safety Equipment –Personal flotation devices ("life jackets"); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; dock lines and rope; first aid kit; anchors and anchor lines; other boating safety equipment.

Safe Boating – Bow riding; alcohol and drug abuse; entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks; steering with a tiller and a wheel; docking, undocking and mooring; knots; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather and tides; using charts; choosing and using an anchor; safe PWC handling; general water safety.

Navigation – The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWC "tunnel vision."

Boating Problems – Hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; man overboard recovery; capsizing; running aground; river hazards; strainers: emergency radio calls; engine problems; equipment failures; carbon monoxide (CO); other boating and PWC problems.

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, Water-skiing and River Boating – Carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat; fishing from a boat; water-skiing safety guidelines and hand signals; water-skiing with a PWC; navigating rivers, and other boating tips.

Completion of this one day classroom only course results in the ABS Certification and Meets Hawaii Boat Operation Requirements

Date: Saturday, January 28
Location: UH Hilo Student Life Center
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Cost: Free, including all materials – but space is limited
Registration: Contact the UH Hilo Outdoor Adventure Office (808-932-7606) or email:
rhamilto@hawaii.edu (registration guarantees your seat)

Special Restrictions: Space is limited

For more information, contact: rhamilto@hawaii.edu (808) 932-7606

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