Boat Handling

General boat handling and seamanship skills.

Prerequisites: ABC or equivalent experience.

Course Description: Building on the basics of recreational boating presented in the public boating courses, Boat Handling (BH), formerly known as "Seamanship", adds foundational information for continuing boater education. The course contents should facilitate knowledge development for increased safe operation of recreational boats and provide the basis for completion of USCG licensing examination. Emphasis within the course has been placed on higher level boating skills, rules of the road, and marlinspike.

The course is offered in an 8-week format with four classroom sessions and four on-the-water sessions aboard various power and sail boats. Students are expected to be active participants when aboard the training vessels; this is a hands-on-deck learning environment.