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Public Safe Boating Course

Pensacola Sail and Power Squadron Presents to the Public: America’s Boating Course

Pensacola State College, Warrington Campus, Building 3200A, Room 3205
5555 W Hwy 98, Pensacola, FL 32507

June 12, 14, 19 and 21, 2018 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Subjects covered include: Florida Boating Laws, Boat Terms, Boat Handling, Anchoring, Boat Equipment Requirements, Navigation Rules, Aids to Navigation, Adverse Conditions, VHF Radio, Trailering, and Personal Water Craft.

The course meets requirements for Florida Boating Safety Education ID card

No Registration Fee or Tuition
Text Book $40.00 Including Tax
Two students may share course materials

For More Information Contact:
Chuck Blair
Chair of the Local Board for Public Boating
Pensacola Sail and Power Squadron
http://www.psps.me
[email protected]
813-731-6327

To Register Online go to:
http://www.usps.org/cgi-bin-nat/eddept/800/getregform.cgi?C-17986

Pensacola Sail and Power Squadron has provided our community Public Safe Boating Courses for 60 years.
Learn more about us on our website: http://www.psps.me
 

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May be a stupid question, but is the class a single 2.5 hour course, or do you need to attend all dates? It's not entirely clear.
 

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Sorry for the confusion... The course provides a minimum of 8 hours of instruction. So it's 4 evenings for 2.5 hours each session. We have to squeeze in breaks and a 60 question proctored exam as well. I encourage students to show up an hour early the 2nd week to do some activities that demonstrate their understanding of the material. We try to answer student's questions about their boat and our waters. Having multiple sessions allows students to go home and think about the material, their boating, and gives them more chances to get their questions answered. I also like to get the students their materials before the first class, so they can read ahead and be prepared. It's a different experience than an on-line or correspondence course.
 

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Do they teach you that its not ok to run on a half plane 10' from a boat that is docked even if it is not a no wake zone? Do you cover the legal liabilities and how many foot pounds of pressure boat wakes can cause? Some good articles in BoatUS for the uniformed.
 

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The vast majority of boating mishaps can be avoided with education, courtesy, and common sense. All members of the Pensacola Sail and Power Squadron are volunteers dedicated to educating boaters. We believe an educated boater is a safer boater. In the Public Safe Boating Course we help boaters understand their responsibility of their wake and how to tell when their speed is too fast in a no wake zone or a slow speed minimum wake zone. Knowing your responsibility for your wake is a testable objective of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and FWC. Our exams are proctored to ensure only the student’s knowledge is tested.

Knowledge will fade with any boater over time. To ensure boaters have opportunities to reinforce, apply, and learn more than the basics, we also offer Seamanship and many other courses. Our next Seamanship class starts June 4th. Please see our website for details. http://www.psps.me
 
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