California Course for Safe Boating

California Course for Safe Boating

DEAR CALIFORNIA BOATER: California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) congratulates you on your first step towards keeping California’s waterways safe. The boating safety course you are about to begin is designed to provide California boaters with state specific boating laws and federal navigation requirements in an eight hour home study environment, either reading this eBook online or with a printed course book. The laws covered in this course apply to all recreational vessels including power, personal watercraft, sail as well as human-powered craft, such as kayaks, canoes, rafts and stand up paddleboards. After completing this course, your next step is to apply for your California Boater Card . Successful completion of this course fulfills the California boating safety education require- ment; a passing score on the course exam is 80 percent and above. Upon passing the exam, you will receive a certificate of completion from DBW and can apply for a California Boater Card if you have not already done so. The certificate is also accepted for court- ordered requirements. A complete list of other approved courses can be found at www.CaliforniaBoaterCard.com. Continue Your Boating Safety Education DBW encourages you to continue your boating education once you receive your California Boater Card. Many organizations throughout the state of California conduct intermediate and advanced boating courses, such as boating instruction centers, aquatic centers, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadrons. The primary mission of organizations such as these is to promote safety afloat through hands-on education. Classes include basic information on aids to navigation, rules of the road, charts and compasses, boating regulations, marlinespike seamanship, motorboat handling, and trailering practices. You can expand your knowledge on waterway safety by taking advanced courses such as principles of sailing and coastal piloting. Contact the organizations for information on their courses. Boaters can find up-to-date information on boating classes offered by organizations and aquatic centers throughout the state by visiting www.BoatCalifornia.com . This DBW site also provides information on boating laws, required equipment, float plans, life jackets, clean and green boating and much more.

STATE OF CALIFORNIA California Natural Resources Agency California State Parks DIVISION OF BOATING ANDWATERWAYS

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