Thursday, June 03, 2010

Boating Safety Class June 19 at Heron Lake, NM

Here's the link ... please send to all sailing club members and friends who'd like to take a boating safety class in northern New Mexico:
Boating Safety Classes

Current Calendar of Boating Courses:

Chama/Espanola/Taos Area
Saturday, June 19, 2010 - Saturday, June 19, 2010 from 8:30 AM-5:30 PM
NM State Parks - NM Boating Safety Basics / No Fee Course
Heron Lake State Park POB 159 Los Ojos
Instructor:Pat Byrnes (505) 265-6741 Register
Boating Safety Basics 0 seats filled out of 30 seats available :
Starting At: Saturday, June 19, 2010 8:30 AM
Ending At: Saturday, June 19, 2010 5:30 PM
# of Hours: 8

Location Information:
The visitor center at Heron Lake State Park is near mile 6.1 on NM highway 95, west of Tierra Amarilla and Los Ojos, New Mexico. Camping is available at Heron and motel rooms and cabins are available at the Stone House Lodge to the west of Heron, at the Tierra Wools cabin in Los Ojos, and in the village of Chama. More local info is at

Instructor Information
Pat Byrnes
HC 75, Box 1006
Rutheron, NM 87551-9700

or via Heron Lake State Park
or via New Mexico Sailing Club

Direct link to registration form:
Class Registration for June 19 at Heron

Boating safety page:
Boating Safety Main Page

Course Description:

New Mexico 8-hr Boating Basics Classroom Course

This course is taught to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) national standards that represent a bare minimum education for safe boating practice. This class is usually offered during an 8-hour, one-day session. Though not an on-the-water course, our instructors will provide practical examples and hands-on training on several key boating requirement areas.

Class materials are set for an 8th grade reading level or about 12 years of age. Signups by children 13 and under require a parent or responsible adult to on-line register to take the course as well before registering the child. Children 13 and under who come unattended may not register.

Each student must bring to the class a positive ID that identifies who you are. Students without a positive ID will not be admitted to the class.

Once you pass this formal class, you will receive both a certificate of completion and a card for you wallet. This recognition card is honored just about every state in the country. You only have to take the class once in your life (unless a judge reviewing a boating violation decides otherwise).

In addition, you will receive two free nights camping at a New Mexico State Park.
This pass is good for non-reservation sites only.

Course Topics include:
All about boats
Legal requirements
Navigation rules basic safety regulation
Navigation rules
Getting underway
Special topics

Chapter 1: Know Your Boat

Parts of a Boat
Boat Hulls
Vessel Length
Jet Drives
Personal Watercraft

Chapter 2: Before You Get Underway

Boat Capacity
"Float Plan"
Safe Fueling
PWC Fueling
PWC Fuel Selector Switch
Nautical Knots
Vessel and Engine Maintenance

Chapter 3: Operating Your Boat—Safely

Casting Off
Navigation Rules—Traffic Laws of the Waterways
Encountering Other Vessels
Meeting Head-On
Paths That Cross
Sailing Vessel Encountering Sailing Vessel
Navigation Lights
Night Navigation
Sound Signals
U.S. Aids to Navigation System
Lateral Markers (channel markers)
Variations on the U.S. Aids To Navigation System
Non-Lateral Markers (regulatory buoys)
Buoy System on Waterway
Navigational Chart for Waterway
Dams, Locks, and Bridges
Changing Water Levels
Compasses and Charts
Operating a Personal Watercraft
Steering and Stopping a PWC
Courtesy on the Water
Environmental Considerations
Other PWC Considerations
Reboarding a Capsized PWC
Ignition Safety (Engine Shut-Off) Switches
Avoiding Propeller Strike Injuries

Chapter 4: The Legal Requirements of Boating

Certificate of Number and Decal
Titling and Registering Your Vessel
Hull Identification Number (HIN)
Who May Operate a Vessel
Unlawful Operation of a Vessel
Alcohol and Drugs
Obstructing Navigation
Homeland Security Restrictions
Life Jackets
Fire Extinguishers
Backfire Flame Arrestors
Ventilation System
Navigation Lights
Visual Distress Signals
Sound-Producing Devices -- bells, whistles, horns
Other Equipment & Regulations
Requirements Specific to PWCs
Towing Water Skiers
Waste, Oil and Trash Disposal in New Mexico and Federal Waters
Aquatic Nuisance Species (Quagga mussels)
Boating Accidents and Casualties—What the Law Requires You to Do
Required Equipment Checklist

Chapter 5: Boating Emergencies

Risk Management
Boating Stressors
Life Jackets
Boating Accidents
Capsizing, Swamping, or Falling Overboard
Cold Water Shock and Hypothermia
Carbon Monoxide
Responding to Other Serious Injuries
Avoiding Severe Weather
What to Do If Out in Severe Weather
Summoning Help

Chapter 6: Enjoying Water Sports With Your Boat

Operator Responsibilities
Responsibility to Your Passengers
Responsibility to Others You Allow to Operate Your Vessel
Responsibility to the Environment
Responsibility to Others Using the Waterways
Paddlesports—Canoes, Kayaks, and Rafts
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Review questions:

Name three basic hull shapes: ________ __________ ______________ .

What is the length class of most boats at the Heron Lake Marina? ____

Name three things you should do while fueling your boat:
____________ _________________ ___________________ .

Does a sailboat without a motor and with l.o.a. over 10' and no more than 16' have to be registered and does this apply to windsurfers? ____ and ____

A white buoy with orange horizontal stripes around the top and bottom and an orange diamond indicates ______________ .

What are the five types of PFDs (life preservers) and how are they different?

An easy way to remember priorities for rescuing someone who has fallen into the water is ___________ _____________ _______________ _________________

A wake from a boat under motor power is
(a) big waves breaking behind your boat with a rooster-tail of spray that makes pretty colors in the sun and cools off the other boaters on the lake
(b) any breaking water anywhere around your boat
(c) allowed anywhere outside of no-wake buoys except at no-wake lakes
(d) allowed at least 100 yards from naval vessels and large ships in a restricted channel
(e) never allowed in a no-wake lake such as Heron Lake

How do you apply the rule of thumb "Red Right Returning" in New Mexico and other places? New Mexico: _____________ North America: _______________ IALA A countries: _________________

The primary danger that occurs immediately upon being immersed in cold water is

What four things should you do if your boat catches fire while underway?
____________ ________________ ___________________ _______________

Sailboats have the right of way and are the "stand on vessel" when they are
(a) overtaking
(b) racing
(c) on the same tack and to windward of other sailboats
(d) meeting head on with a powerboat
(e) converging from the left with a kayak coming from the right
(f) within 100 yards and in the wind shadow of a large navy ship
(g) crossing a vessel traffic separation lane perpendicularly under sail
(h) barging next to the committee boat at a race start

What are three river hazards that paddlers should avoid? _________ __________ _______________

You must be sure that your passengers understand _____ and _____.

When passing under power lines and bridges (and using a mast-raising pole and moving your rigged boat on land), sailboat operators need to be aware of the __________________ ______________ .


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