I tend to throw myself into the deep end when it comes to sports. I have a near-delusional bravado that I can learn sports quick, so I just charge ahead. Sometimes it works out, but other times (like any kind of skiing) not so much.
I mention this, because it may be a surprise to learn I haven’t taken any boating or sailing classes yet. I just signed up for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Boating Safety and Navigation class. I am pretty excited to get started with some formal training to complement the books I have been reading and my on-the-water education from my teammates.
The classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., at the DC Harbor Police Station, 550 Water Street SW, Washington, DC.
For only $25, or $30 for two people, you’ll learn everything from local state regulations to knot tying. It is an amazing deal. Check out the syllabus below.
Sign-up soon to reserve your spot and I’ll see you there.
Jan 18 Registration; Chapter 1, Which Boat Is for You?
23 Chapter 2, Equipment: Legal Requirements
25 No class
30 Chapter 3, Trailering Your Boat
Feb 1 Chapter 4, Boat Handling
6 Chapter 5, Aids to Navigation
8 Chapter 6, Rules of the Nautical Road
13 Chapter 7, Inland Boating; Chapter 8, Boating Safety
15 Chapter 9, Introduction to Navigation
20 Chapter 11, Lines, Knots, and Splices
22 No class
27 Final Exam and Graduation
Feb 29 Chapter 10, Powering Your Boat
Mar 5 Chapter 12, Weather and Boating
7 Chapter 13, Your Boat’s Radio
12 Final Exam on Optional classes