So its the boating season, but do you know the basic safety necessities of boating?
HOW WELL DO YOU SCORE?
Safety is a must, and not knowing is not acceptable. Your life and that of others could be at stake.
Test your boating knowledge on the most commonly missed questions from the US boating foundation’s boating safety course.
Whether you've been boating for 20 days or 20 years, many boaters around the country are now required to take some form of boating education in their state.
How well did you do?
1. Which of the following is required on federally controlled waters for boats less than 39.4 feet (12 meters)?
a) A VHF radio
c) Paddle or oar
d) First-aid kit
2. According to the Navigation Rules, which of the following is true?
a) A boat under power is always a stand-on boat.
b) A personal watercraft is always a give-way boat.
c) An overtaking boat always gives way to the boat being overtaken.
d) A boat under sail is always a stand-on boat.
3. Which of the following must follow Navigation Rules for a powerboat?
a) Any sailboat equipped with an engine
b) All sailboats under sail alone
c) A sailboat with sails up but no engine
d) A sailboat with its engine engaged
4. A float plan should contain what information?
a) A date and time to contact the authorities
b) A national weather service storm advisory signal listing
c) Coast Guard emergency radio frequencies
d) A pre-departure checklist
5. Which of the following will increase the effects of alcohol and drugs when boating?
6. What is the USCG-approved meaning of "serviceable condition" for life jackets?
a) The ability to turn a person face up
b) Proper size and fit
c) Straps and zippers work
d) Must be within easy reach