Boating It Forward - Spirited Outreach
The goal of the outreach program is to deliver basic boating and water safety instruction to Family, Friends, and Neighbors (FFN) focusing on the following program components:
A review of the range of legally required equipment and the ‘good to have aboard’ with an emphasis on signally devices, personal safety gear. More than just a listing of the gear, a focus on how to use, where to store and when to replace.
Education and Age / Vessel Restrictions
A presentation on who will need classroom boating education and the restrictions relating to vessel operation. Also providing information for on water skills based education opportunities.
Rules of the Road
An overview on the importance of posting a look out, safe speeds, right of way and how to react in the proximity of other vessels.
Overloading, Swamping and Capsizing
How to minimize risks by understanding maximum capacities, properly loading and the best way to move around in a boat.
A review of the types of lifejackets to suit each on water activity, how to fit a lifejacket, proper care and condition, and mandatory wear laws.
Aids to Navigation
Understanding the national waterway navigation marker system including lateral and regulatory markers.
The importance of a float plan, how to create one and the obligations of the responsible person with whom it is left.
Cold Water Immersion
Ways to reduce the risk of an accidental cold water immersion, what to do if you find yourself in cold water and how to rescue someone else.