November meeting

Tuesday, November 7
7 pm at Emergency Operations Center
1820 Chestnut
Van Buren, AR
Ropes & Knots Training


Boat Safe Kids

Play Life Jacket Tic-Tac-Toe!

Maps and charts are flat. Our planet is round.
How’d they do that? The “Limejuice Sailor” tells us!
Kid’s Korner: Did you ever catch a fish bigger than you are? Alex did!
Jeremy asks: What does ‘pounds of buoyancy’ mean when referring to life jackets?
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qs.gif (1367 bytes)Ron wants to know why the bathroom on a boat is called a head and not a bathroom?
qs.gif (1367 bytes)Stuart wants to know: On the compass we use 360 degrees, why 360 and not 100 or 200? Who first used it and why?
qs.gif (1367 bytes)Corey Asks: Why is having a fire extinguisher on your boat a rule when there is alot of water around the boat to put out the fire?
qs.gif (1367 bytes)Nathan Asks: Please explain the term waterline length. Does this length of a boat affect how fast a boat can go?
qs.gif (1367 bytes)Lauren Asks: How do you save someone who falls overboard in a boat that is moving quite fast? If you don’t know how drive.
questions.gif (7751 bytes) qs.gif (1367 bytes)Leagues, water pressure, knots and MPH
Homework Helpers!
qs.gif (1367 bytes)Why do some sailboats have more than one sail and how can a sailboat sail faster than the wind?
qs.gif (1367 bytes)Good question from Bramp!
How was the nautical mile arrived at and why is qs.gif (1367 bytes)the speed at sea called knots?
Good question from Rodger!
qs.gif (1367 bytes)Where does the term “figure head” come from?
Good question from Joshua!
qs.gif (1367 bytes)What is the history of marlinespike?
Good question from Willy!
qs.gif (1367 bytes)Why is the Bedford Buoy red and white?
Good question from Anthony!
qs.gif (1367 bytes)Where did the Word “Port” Come From?
Good question from Joshua!
qs.gif (1367 bytes)What are the Top 5 Boating Safety Tips
Good question from Ashley!
qs.gif (1367 bytes)Why are Boats Referred to as “She”?
Good question from Connie!
qs.gif (1367 bytes)Why is it So Hard to Back a Trailer
Good question from Daniel
qs.gif (1367 bytes)How Many People Can Fit in a Boat?
Good question from Vicki!
qs.gif (1367 bytes)How Does a Sailboat Sail?
Good question from Madison!
qs.gif (1367 bytes)What is “Hydrodynamic effect?”
Good question from Arman!
qs.gif (1367 bytes)How Does the Moon Affect the Tide?
Good question from Ashley!
qs.gif (1367 bytes)Why Do People Act Crazy in Boats?
Good question from Justin!
qs.gif (1367 bytes)Can Cats (and Dogs) Go Boating?
Good question from Ellie!
qs.gif (1367 bytes)Do I have to Wear a PFD All the Time?
Good question from Christa!
qs.gif (1367 bytes)What Equipment Do I Need on a Small Boat?
cameleon.gif (5614 bytes) ex.gif (398 bytes)A Visit to the Niña
ex.gif (398 bytes)Giggles’ Report on the Mariner Scout Ship Swift
ex.gif (398 bytes)Word Puzzle!
howto.gif (8233 bytes) smglass.gif (501 bytes) The History of Navigation
smglass.gif (501 bytes) How to be a Storm Spotter!
smglass.gif (501 bytes) How to Tie Some Useful Knots!
smglass.gif (501 bytes) How to Calculate Distance to the Horizon!
whydo.gif (6998 bytes) qs.gif (1367 bytes)How Do Life Jackets Work?
Good question from Emily!
qs.gif (1367 bytes)Why are Life Jackets Orange?
Good question from Cindy!
qs.gif (1367 bytes)Why Do Cigarette Boats Have a Closed Bow?
Good question from Bryce!
qs.gif (1367 bytes)How Do Boats Float?
Good question from Steve!
qs.gif (1367 bytes)Why Does a Boat Ride Higher in the Water When You Are Going Fast? Good question from Bruce!
qs.gif (1367 bytes)Boat Terms What does “abeam” mean? Good Question from Jennifer!
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boatstuff2.gif (6773 bytes) smglass.gif (501 bytes) Stuff You Need to Have Onboard
smglass.gif (501 bytes) Print a list of all required equipment
smglass.gif (501 bytes) All About PFDs (Life Jackets)
smglass.gif (501 bytes) All About Distress Signals
smglass.gif (501 bytes) Boat Hulls
smglass.gif (501 bytes) Classes of Boats
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Many boating safety courses are offered throughout the country, for all types of recreational boaters, and for boaters of all ages. Qualified volunteer organizations, such as the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron, and others sponsor many courses, and many state boating agencies also provide classes.

Courses cover many aspects of boating safety, from boat handling to reading the weather, and from a “Water ‘N Kids” class to courses for boaters who want to learn electronic navigation skills. The most popular basic courses generally have from 6 to 13 lessons to provide a foundation of operational and safety instruction.

American Boat Operators’ Course 
Offers online boating safety courses with online certification tests for a number of states.

Boat/U.S. Foundation Courseline
The Courseline is a searchable database of current boating safety courses around the nation.

Offers online boating safety courses with online certification tests for a number of states. 
Offers online boating safety courses with online certification tests for a number of states.

Offers an online Basic Boating Certification Course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and a Coastal Navigation Course.

Commander Bob
An award-winning website that advances boating education

PWC Safety School
Offers online courses and certification for PWC operators in several states

Safe Boating America
Safe Boating America classes meet the State Educational Requirements for operating a Boat or PWC and also meet the requirements for a Youth Operator.

State Courses
Many states offer boating safety courses. The National Association of State Boating Boating Law Administrators’ online Directory provides contact information for state boating agencies.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Local flotillas offer a variety of safety classes, including basic/introductory boating courses and safety courses, navigation, sailing and personal watercraft safety, among others.

U.S. Sailing
Programs offer instruction in small and large sailboats, windsurfers, and powerboats. All levels of instruction are available around the country for beginner to advanced skills. Information on courses and instruction is available on the web.

United States Power Squadron
“America’s Boating Course 3rd Edition” the most comprehensive boating safety
course available. It includes a course book, a narrated student CD and a
digital charting DVD. ABC 3 is available as a classroom, home study or
online course.

American Canoe Association
Comprehensive resource to find skills courses, assessments, and instructor certification courses for kayak, canoe, raft, safety & rescue, and adaptive paddling.

Be a safer boater! Take the Online Boating Safety Course – all of the information is free. Click here to check it out.

Coastal Navigation Course

DividersCombination home study text/workbook, chart work and online information. View details of the Coastal Navigation Course . We are very pleased to announce that this course has been chosen for use as a textbook by the Faculty of Maritime Studies at Vestfold College, Tonsberg, Norway.

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Boating Quizzes – Test Your Knowledge

Advanced Boating Quizzes from the U.S. Coast Guard database of questions used to prepare the exams for a U.S. Coast Guard captain’s license.

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Find Instructors & Instructor Trainers for ACA

ACA Instructors can teach the following courses within their respective discipline and up to their level of certification:
Skills Courses
Skills Assessments
Adaptive Paddling
SUP Yoga
ACA International Instructors, Trainers, and Educators

ACA Instructor Trainers can teach the following courses within their respective discipline and up to their level of certification:
Skills Courses
Skills Assessments
Instructor Certification Workshops
Instructor Updates
Instructor Endorsements
ACA Instructor Trainer Educators can teach the following courses within their respective discipline and up to their level of certification:
Skills Courses
Skills Assessments
Instructor Certification Workshops (Instructor Criteria)
Instructor Updates
Instructor Endorsements
Mentor new Instructor Trainers
Instructor Trainer (IT) and Instructor Trainer Educator (ITE):
(Discipline / State)
See the faces of our Instructor Trainers and Instructor Trainer Educators in our “Meet our ITs and ITEs” Facebook photo album!

Look Under the “RESCUE” Instructors and you will find our very own!

VAN BUREN Arkansas Level 5: Advanced Swiftwater Rescue James Jones
Van Buren Arkansas Level 5: Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Tim Jones