SUNY Maritime College Presents:

Safety, Rescue & Mark-Set Boat Handling

This two day hands-on, on-the-water course is designed for anyone who will be operating a support boat for a race, regatta or event. Since an operator of a race support boat is expected to be able to perform safety, rescue and mark-setting operations participants should have at least basic small boat handling skills. This course focuses on hands-on application of all skills. As such, students will be expected to study the course materials at home to challenge and pass a written exam covering equipment requirements, rules of the road, aids to navigation, preparation, environment regulations, safety and emergencies.

Upon successful completion participants will earn US Sailing/US Powerboating Certifications for Safe Powerboat Handling, Safety and Rescue Boat Handling, and Mark Set Boat Handling.

Day 1:

Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling

        Day 2:

        Safety, Rescue & Mark-Boat Handling

On-the-Water Sessions

  • Engine & electrical systems
  • Starting procedures
  • Docking
  • Leaving & Returning to a slip
  • Close-quarters maneuvers
  • Holding position
  • Anchoring
  • Steering a range
  • Proceeding to a destination
  • Person in Water rescue


    On-the-Water Sessions

  • VHF radio communications
  • Boat rescues, incl. capsizes
  • Person in Water rescue
  • Towing: astern & alongside
  • Williamson turn
  • Steering a range in/outbound
  • Intercepting & maintaining position with moving vessel
  • Use of bearings & GPS
  • Search pattern
  • Taking wind readings
  • Setting & moving marks using range/bearing & GPS
  • Setting a starting line & gate

Classroom Sessions

  • Safety, prep & weather briefings
  • Maneuvering concepts
  • Challenge test-out




    Classroom Sessions

  • Weather & water briefings
  • VHF radio procedures
  • Safety & rescue equipment & procedures
  • Towing concepts
  • Search patterns concepts
  • Plotting a position
  • Calculating tides & currents
  • Race support boat equipment & procedures
  • Effects of wind & current
  • Race course configurations

Date: 8am – 6pm Wednesday and Thursday, April 17 and 18 2013

Location: SUNY Maritime College, 6 Pennyfield Ave, Bronx, NY 10465

Cost: $300 per participant; $250 for members of sponsoring YRA’s (includes powerboat instructor, text books, exams, certifications, and lunch)

Prerequisites: Basic boat handling skills; State boating education certificate recommended
Suggested Age: 16–adult
Certification(s) Earned: Safe Powerboat Handling, Safety and Rescue Boat Handling certificate, Mark-Set Boat Handling

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