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|| With the fun of operating a motor boat boat comes the responsibility for keeping that boat in first-class condition, knowing and obeying the nautical "rules of the road," and gaining the general knowledge and skills to operate a boat safely.
- Do the following:
- a.Explain first aid for injuries that could occur while motorboating, including hypothermia, heat reactions, dehydration, motion sickness, insect stings, tick bites, and blisters.
- b.Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person, and explain how such conditions are recognized. Demonstrate proper technique for performing CPR using a training device approved by your counselor.
- Do the following:
- a. Before doing requirements 3 through 6, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.
- b. Name the different types of personal floatation devices (PFDs), and explain when each type should be use. Show how to choose and properly fit a PFD.
- Do the following:
- a. Explain inboard, outboard, and inboard/outboard motors and the uses and advantages of each. |discuss the special features of a bass boat and a ski boat.
- b. Explain the safety procedures and precautions involving handling fuel and engine servicing, and equipment storage and placement.
- c. Explain how to winterize a boat motor and tell why this procedure is necessary.
- d. Explain the safety procedures and precautions involving swimmers and skiers in the water, passenger positions under way, and boat wakes.
- Show you know safety laws for motorboating by doing the following:
- a. Have a permit to run a motorboat, if needed.
- b. Explain the rules or laws that apply to recreational boating in your area or state.
- c. Discuss how the hazards of weather and heavy water conditions can affect both safety and performance in motorboating.
- d. Promise that you will follow BSA Safety Afloat guidelines. Explain the meaning of each point.
- e. Discuss with your counselor the nautical rules of the road and describe the national and your state's aids to navigation.
- f. Explain and show the correct use of equipment required by both state and federal regulations to be carried aboard a motorboat.
- g. Explain federal and state rules for a ventilation system and tell why these rules are required.
- Demonstrate proper boat-handling procedures and skills by doing the following:
- a. Board and assist others in boarding.
- b. Fuel the boat and complete a safety check.
- c. Get under way from a dock or from a beach launch.
- d. Run a course for at least a mile, showing procedures for overtaking and passing slower craft, yielding right-of-way, passing oncoming traffic, making turns, reversing direction, and using navigation aids.
- e. Stop an secure the boat in position on the open water using anchors; get under way.
- f. Land or dock; get out and assist others.
- g. Moor the boat and secure all gear.
- Point out and explain the mechanical and safety features of a boat trailer.
- a. Launch a boat from a trailer.
- b. Remove a boat from the water using a trailer.
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Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)
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- Item 5 of the Motorboating merit badge meets Sea Scout [Able] rank (requirement 6).
- Motorboating merit badge meets Sea Scout [Quartermaster] rank required list (requirement list 6).
1. First Aid:
1a. Hypothermia - Heat Reactions - Dehydration - Motion Sickness - Insect Stings - Tick Bites - Blisters
BSA Swim Test: Diving also has the feetfirst jump in - Sidestroke - Breaststroke - Trudgen Crawl - Backstroke - Swimming Turns - Floating
2b. Personal Flotation Device
3. Inboard motor - Outboard motor -
Inboard/outboard motor (stern drive)
- Online Small-Boat Sailing Course - U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety
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