A two-day America's Boating Course is scheduled for Saturdays, June 4 and 11, 2022. The class runs from 0900 to 3:30 Pm both days. Hosted by Halifax River Yacht Club, 331 S Beach St., Daytona Beach, Fl 32114, this is the course needed for your Florida Safe Boating Education ID. It's an excellent introduction to Boating, Boat Handling, Navigation Rules, Aides to Navigation, Florida Regs and more. Cost is $39.50 (Cash, check (payable to DBSPS), or credit card. Couples can share texts with a 50% discount or $59.00. Seats are limited so call for reservations: Don Roman, ph 386-453-6456, or, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Navigation 1 (Piloting) is scheduled to start on Wednesday, 25 May'22, at Halifax River Yacht Club. This is the first of our advanced navigation courses and running 8 to 10 weeks with weekly Wednesday evening classes from 7 PM to 9 PM, held in the Yacht Club's Chart Room at 331 S Beach St., Daytona Beach, 32114. Course is designed to equip you with a solid base for inland and coastal navigation, i.e., understanding mercator charts, plotting courses, utilizing charts, plotting positions, and waypoints, planning and monitoring voyages, using GPS, and introduction to electronic navigation. Cost for texts (3) is $121.80. Make a reservation as soon as possible so materials can be ordered. Call Don Roman, 386-453-6456, or email: email@example.com
Boat Handling Class begins Tuesday Evening, 22 Feb'22. It is intended for newer recreational boaters who have completed a basic boating class (like America’s Boating Course) and want to learn more about skilled boat handling in a variety of situations. It is offered as a complete course covering six topics:
(1) Rules of the Road: A Practical Approach,
(2) Confidence in Docking and Undocking: Slow-Speed Maneuvering,
(3) Boating with Confidence: Handling Your Boat Underway,
(4) Anchoring with Assurance: Don’t Get Carried Away,
(5) Emergencies on Board: Preparation for Handling Common Problems, and
(6) Knots and Line Handling: The Knots You Need to Know.
This course is hosted by Halifax Yacht Club and will consist of six to eight classes held on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 PM.
The text book is either electronic e-book, or the paper text is available if ordered early enough. Costs for text are $69.12 with tax, members $63,26.
A second text is required: USCG Navigation Rules and Regulations, COMDTINST M16672, (Rules of the Road) a printed copy costs $12.50. It can be purchased with your text, or individually. It can be downloaded free at the USCG Navcen.
POC for registration is: Don Roman, ph 386-453-6456, firstname.lastname@example.org or email: email@example.com
America's Boating Club offers extensive boater educational opportunities. Starting with our basic 8 hour ABC Safety Class and extending through five advanced courses, 9 elective courses and 26 seminars with nearly all available to both members and the public.
Advanced Classes: Seamanship - Boat Handling - Navigation (2 course series) - Off shore Navigation (2 course series). Electives include; Cruising & Cruise Planning, Engine Maintenance, Marine Communication Systems, Electronic Navigation, Sail, Marine Weather, Radar. Seminars range from; Advanced Powerboat Handling, AIS for Boaters, Basic Weather and Forecasting, Anchoring through to Using VHF & VHF/DSC Marine Radio. Presently 26 separate topics are covered.
For more information email us, or better yet, attend one of our meetings
Just released! FWC’s 2021-2022 manatee and sea turtle decals
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) just released the new 2021-2022 manatee and sea turtle decals. These high-quality waterproof stickers feature two different designs and are a fun way for people to directly support research, rescue and management efforts that conserve these species and spread awareness about the challenges they face. These decals are great for you car, RV, boat, ice chest, kids, grandkids, etc.. They cost $5.00 each
NEW LAW Requires Cut-off Switch as of April 1, 2021
"Operators of recreational vessels less than 26 feet in length will be required to use an engine cut-off switch (ECOS) and associated ECOS link (ECOSL) as of April 1, 2021 as the USCG implements a law passed by Congress. ECOS and ECOSL prevent runaway vessels and the threat they impose." ECOSL lanyards have been around for many years, but now these safety devices are required. Wireless ECOS devices are now available as well. “ Engines of 3 h.p. or more on vessels of less than 26 ft require these ECOS/ECOSL devices… "when the primary helm is not within an enclosed cabin, and when the boat is operating on plane, or above displacement speed. Common situations where ECOSL use would not be required include docking/trailering, trolling and operating in no-wake zones. "