7 reasons for an advanced boat course

You have completed a basic boating course and have just passed your first boating exam. Now consider taking the next step by signing up for an advanced boating course. Because the more you know, the safer and better prepared you are for unexpected circumstances.

There are literally dozen of reasons to take an advanced boater course. While the topic of any advanced boating course may vary depending on the course type and administrator, these are a few examples.

  1. You can learn how to judge weather conditions from your observations of the sky, barometer, wind, and satellite images.
  2. An advanced boating course can give you an understanding of how gas and diesel boat engines work. This information can be helpful during basic maintenance or diagnosing a problem on the water.
  3. Learn how marine electronics work and how to properly maintain them. This can include wiring, grounding, electrolytic controls, and batteries.
  4. In addition to using your GPS for navigation, a boat course that goes beyond the basics will teach you how to use dead reckoning, radar, chart plotters, automatic identification system (AIS), and other tools.
  5. Learn how to use key offshore marine communication systems. Learn more about digital selective calling (DSC) and emergency call displays (EPIRB).
  6. Advanced boating courses can help you learn the effects of tides, currents, and winds on boat steering and navigation.
  7. Learn how to boate in unusual conditions (such as storms or rough seas) and what to do in various emergency situations.

Not sure if you need to take a boater safety course or if you need a boating license to operate a boat in your state? Check your state’s specific boat safety requirements to make sure you are following the legal guidelines set out for your area.

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