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  1. Larry M

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    Has anyone taken the new mandatory boating course for operating your boat?
     
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    Started it but it was gonna take some time.

    I’m gonna check and see if my USPS Boaters Safety Care from 20 years ago is adequate. Also my Junior Navigator Cert from USPS....

    If no good, I have until 1/1/2023....

    Larry M , you have until 2024 or 2025
     
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    Thanks, one of the benefits of being old. LOL
     
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    Took the online freebee class about 3 months ago . Read up online, take test " open book " send fee and test cert to state for processing takes about a month to get it after application . Fairly simple and straight forward as far a knowledge required . Thought I nailed it 100 % but wound up missing a couple on light requirements and right of way questions Probably the toughest part of the course . Boating Safety Classes and Courses This is what I used . Tight lines!
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    I was thinking I needed to take that course before 2023. It would probably reduce your boat insurance rates. When I looked there were all kinds of companies that offered the class on-line at all kinds of different prices. Was confused which one to choose. Besides the one mentioned, does anyone else have any information or comments on the other companies?
     
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    I did not check into to many before selecting the State one . I truly believe that if you want to learn more about boat safety and operation , rather than just passing the test . The local Coastguard Auxiliary or Motor Squadron courses would indeed go deeper into the subject matter and may be a better option for some . The course curriculum will be roughly the same, but the depth of study probably better . Boaters insurance will take this into account as well as boat / Kayak rental companies ETC . The state Division of Boating and Waterways is indeed who issues the card regardless of which course you take. Have fun with it you will learn new ideas at the least !
     
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    I got my boaters card and did the NASBLA course as soon as they launched it. I wanna say it was $50 or something. I remember later finding out it was free for Boat US members. Also did USCG Auxiliary and one or 2 others that I’ve done for work.
     
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    I'm exempt but it's about time a license should be required to drive a boat. It should be a nation wide requirement especially in regards to personal watercraft . Kind of curious, do they teach launch and boat dock ettiquite
     
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    I sure hope they don’t teach launch and boat dock etiquette. That would ruin a major source of entertainment.
     
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    Can't argue with that lol
     
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    Part of the requirements for our jobs was to have a class A drivers license.
    At truck driving school they taught us how to back up a trailer.
    While backing the trailer if you start to see it in the drivers or passenger side mirror turn the wheel in that direction that it shows up in while backing up.
    This really helps to back up the trailer straight. Probably people know this method, but maybe it will help someone to try it.
     
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    Simplified, put your hands on the bottom of the car's steering wheel, if you want the back of the trailer to go right you turn to the right from the bottom. The same goes for going left. Another that's a big help is go slow that way it won't get away from you. It's how I learned
     
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    Not to start an augment on which way is best to back up a trailer. After learning the mirror method I prefer it. But I do use both methods when backing up a trailer.
    Frist I use the hand on the bottom method to get the trailer in position then to fine tune it, the mirror method works for me. As you back up and see the back of the trailer in one of the mirrors just turn the wheel in that direction as you back up to keep it straight. Less thinking on my part. LOL
    Bottom line which ever way works best for you is the best way.
    I'm just passing on what I learned from the truck driving school.
    Another advantage of the mirror method is that both hands are in the normal driving position.
     
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    Thanks Carter, I am a member and just looked into the Boat US course.

    California Boating Safety Course

    The first part of the page linked above says
    "The BoatUS Foundation's Online Course is the only FREE Online Boating Safety Course approved by the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways."

    So it may be free to anyone... and when you go to apply it does not ask for my Boat US membership number but it has a box that you can click that says

    "Free BoatU.S. Membership:
    Yes, I am over 18 & would like a free 1-year basic BoatUS Membership (US residents & new members only. Info will be emailed within 2-3 weeks)"

    Edit: You have to have a California Application ID already (get it at this link Boater Application - California Boater Card Program ) to fill out the application for the free Boat US course
     
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    I just did it. Pretty easy. Because of my age, I'm not required to have it until 2025 but I figured they might add more stuff to it in the next 5 years. So I went to Boat Ed and paid the 35 bucks for the course. Yes, I know there are free ones but my time is worth something. The course I did was well laid out and I aced the test the first time. I doubt if I could have passed it without the course. There is navigation stuff, channel markers and buoy info, horn signals and a bunch of crap on PWC's that I could care less about but needed to know to pass the test. I now have a cute little card that I'll likely never have to show but at least some politician feels good because (in their mind) the world is a safer place.

    mick
     
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    Thanks, I'll probably go that route.
    I'm older than dirt so I still have time.
    I just dislike studying anymore.
    Is it a computer course or a book?
     
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    I did mine a couple months ago even-though I still have a couple years to go. I got the card and cert rather quickly and even got a discount on my boat insurance.
     
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    It's a computer course with videos and illustrations. You can stop and start as many times as you want. work on a section until you pass then move on. Easy
     
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