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03-15-2013 09:24 AM
Re: Boating safety classes

Smurphny, LOL, good one. I know around here the fish like for you to share. Sometimes they even jump in the boat and expect to be fed a meal. Some end up being one.
03-14-2013 07:58 PM
Re: Boating safety classes

But then how are you ever going to catch any fish. They definitely KNOW when you pop a beer and unwrap a sandwich!
03-14-2013 02:38 PM
Re: Boating safety classes

DRFerron, perhaps he does not consider them fishermen either, depending on the amount of beer they have.
03-14-2013 01:50 PM
Re: Boating safety classes

Originally Posted by DonScribner View Post
...I wonder if all those fisherman fins out the drinking and boating carries the same penalty as drinking and driving, will it cut down on beer consumption on the water?
In Pennsylvania, boating under the influence carries the same penalties as drinking and driving.

One PA Fish and Game Commission officer said that he constantly gets told by fishermen using boats that they don't consider themselves "boaters."
03-14-2013 01:32 PM
Re: Boating safety classes

In CA nothing is required either. But this is the land of fruit and nuts so...
However, if someone gets a ticket on the water, they must pass a safe boating class. We get lots of those in the USCG Auxiliary Boating Safety and Seamanship classes.
03-14-2013 12:50 PM
Re: Boating safety classes

In Maine, any idiot can buy a 30' boat with triple 250s on the back and rip out across the water with nothing more than . . . well . . . nothing. NH requires certification and offers one day classes, pretests and tests at the DMV (I think) . When I took my Sailing Skills & Seamanship course from The USCGA, they said that certification is coming. I wonder if all those fisherman fins out the drinking and boating carries the same penalty as drinking and driving, will it cut down on beer consumption on the water?
03-14-2013 10:10 AM
Re: Boating safety classes

Originally Posted by chuck53 View Post
I'm covered. I took Seamanship from both the CG Aux and Power Squadron. I ask about the ASA class because a lady I work with took ASA some years ago and we weren't sure if it met the requirements for VA's boating safety requirements.
Sounds like she will probably have to take the class.
When I took ASA 101 about six years ago now, I took the written test at the end of the weekend and received the PA state boating cert in the mail about two weeks later. I suspect that if her ASA course had satisfied her state's requirement, she would have received a card or endorsement or something after taking the class.
03-13-2013 07:13 PM
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I've done the Florida and the US Boat on-line courses. The US Boat course is quite good and actually requires knowledge of some important things. The Florida course has way too much related to JetSkis. Having absolutely NO desire to own, use, or even HEAR a %^$@ jetski, this was a waste of my time. It looks like all state governments are going to eventually pass this kind of legislation so they can hire more gov. employees and collect more money from boaters, so we may as well get on the boat early, before it gets more complicated and expensive.
03-13-2013 07:10 PM
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You have to check with your individual state regs to find out what the requirements are, they are all different. The State boating licenses/ or safety cards are generally all inclusive courses. They cover topics for jet skiiers/power boaters/ trailers/ and I suspect an ASA 101 might not satisfy the requirements..unless you are in a state that doesn't have one.

New Jersey has approved a few online courses...Boat-Ed is one that is. The Boat US course is not approved in NJ.
However, NJ requires that you take the written person with a licensed approved proctor.
The course is one fee, the proctored exam is another.

Here's Virginia's page
03-13-2013 04:42 PM
Re: Boating safety classes

I know that CA has an online course but so far the state does not require one.
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