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Alabama Boating Safety
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Vessel registration number and validation decal displayed
On both sides of bow of boat
Data needed for selecting right PFD for passenger
Body weight and chest size
Info on boat's capacity plate
Maximum weight or number of people boat can carry safely
Best way to find out about hazards on local waterway
Consult nautical map
Required to complete approved boating course to operate PWC
Type of PFD that turns most unconscious persons face up in water
Person on board responsible for notifying passengers of safety rules
Best place to store fire extinguisher on boat
Life jacket discarded and replaced when:
Effect of alcohol on boat operator
Increases likelihood of accidents
With 18 foot boat in federally controlled waters, what must legally be on board?
US Coast Guard-approved visual distress signals
When boating on Alabama waters in 18 foot vessel, what is legally required on board?
Whistle, horn, or other sound device
Warnings of dangerous weather
Dark clouds and shifting winds
One part of regular vessel and engine maintenance program
Check oil level before every outing
How to approach dock when docking vessel
Into wind or current, whichever stronger
What to do before fueling your boat
Turn of engine and close all ports, windows, doors, etc.
Trailer location when preparing to launch vessel
Well away from boat ramp
How to avoid propellor strike accidents
Turn off engine when passengers boarding
Example of careless operation
Not having enough PFDs on board
How to prevent transporting nuisance species from one water to another
Remove any zebra mussels before leaving body of water
What vessel operator should tell everyone on board before departing
Where to find PFDs and visual distress signals
How to minimize risk of drowning while boating
Have everyone wear appropriate life jackets at all time.
Main function of ignition safety switch
To shut off engine if passenger is thrown off
In Alabama, vessel must be how far from diver down flag
Effect of alcohol on boat than on land
Much greater while boating
True about boating while intoxicated in Alabama
Must submit to blood alcohol concentration testing
Two vessels operating in same area, who is responsible for avoiding collision
Operators of both vessels
How to know if boat is at safe speed
You have enough time to avoid a collision
Main purpose of lateral red/green buoys and markers
Mark edges of safe water areas
Legal operation in Alabama boating law
Operating at less than 5 mph in "no wake" zone
When is sailboat give-way vessel when encountering power driven vessel
Sailboat is overtaking power driven vessel
How vessel operator makes sure everyone knows what to do in case of emergency
Conduct emergency drill with passengers
Equipment required when vessel towing skier has no visibility of skier
Wide angle rearview mirror
Indicated by white marker with orange crossed diamond and black lettering
Exclusion/keep out area (dam)
Why carbon monoxide is dangerous
Tasteless, odorless, colorless, and can be fatal
Recreational vessel approaches US Naval vessel. Recreational vessel must slow to minimum speed at what distance?
Owner must do what before allowing others to operate his or her vessel
Make sure they know how to operate it safely
How to reduce risk of falling overboard
Keep centered in boat
Motorboat should do what when pulling someone into boat from water
Turn off engine
First action required of boat operator who witnesses boating accident
Condition requiring that you report boating accident to Alabama Marine Police Dept.
Damage to your boat of more than $2000 resulting from accident
Condition at which person is at greatest risk of developing hypothermia
When immersed in cold water
What to immediately do if boat motor catches on fire
Shut off fuel supply; try to put out fire with extinguisher
If inboard/outboard boat runs around, what action should you take in addition to shifting weight away from point of impact?
Stop engine and lift outdrive
What action causes loss of steering ability in PWC
Letting off throttle control
According to Alabama law, person of what age with boater safety certificate can operate personal watercraft without supervision
Those at least 14 years of age
During what hours is it legal to tow someone around behind a boat on water skis or other device
Between one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset
Vessel operator should ____ in order to keep proper lookout
Watch for navigational hazards
Legal operation of PWC in Alabama
Crossing at right angles to another vessel when visibility is unobstructed
Recommended hours for personal watercraft operation (in Alabama)
Between sunset and sunrise (daylight hours)
Why vessel operator should keep proper lookout
To avoid collisions
Paddlers should _____ to protect from capsizing canoe or kayak
Keep low center of gravity and three points of contact
Anglers and hunters should _____ when fishing/hunting from a boat.
Wear life jacket at all times
Children of what age (according to Alabama law) are required to wear properly secured PFD while on vessel unless in securely closed cabin?
Those under 8 years of age
_____ determines if speed is safe for your boat
PWC and motorboat both approaching head-on. What do operators do?
Both should turn starboard (right).
When must navigation lights be displayed?
From sunset to sunrise and when visibility is restricted
If you anchor a boat from the stern, what could possibly happen?
It may cause the boat to swamp.
Visibility restricted due to fog. Vessel operator should _____ in order to avoid risk of collision.
Reduce speed to minimum needed to stay on course.
What should you do if you fall overboard into cold water?
Try to re-board, even if boat is swamped.
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