Power Boats Test
All boaters' number one goal should be:
To prevent only fatal accidents
To experience less than one accident per five passengers on board
To experience zero accidents
To have a fun time on the water
Which of the following is an example of safe and responsible boating behavior?
Using excessive speed in the vicinity of other boats or in dangerous waters
Practicing adventurous water skiing/tow sport practices
Bow-riding or riding on seatbacks, gunwales, or the transom
Refraining from the use of alcohol or drugs when operating a boat
What is the single best practice to prevent drowning?
Wear a properly-fitted, Coast Guard approved life jacket
Practice swimming regularly to ensure you are in good physical shape
Operate the boat at a safe speed to prevent passengers from falling overboard
Ensure you don't swim in deep waters
How many wearable, properly-fitted Coast Guard approved life jackets should be on board your boat?
At least five
One for every passenger on board
Enough for each child on board
As many as can fit in the stow areas
When should children wear life jackets on board your boat?
At all times
Only when the boat is moving
When the child is tired/sleepy
Most collisions on a boat happen as a result of:
Too many boats on the water
Excessive speed and operator inattention
Poor visibility on the water
If possible, if another boat is coming at you head on, you should:
Steer right (starboard)
Do nothing - let the other boat yield to your boat
Speed up to get around the boat
As a motor-boat or power-driven boat operator, it is your responsibility to yield to the following types of boats:
All non-motorized boats
You are required to display lights on your boat in the following conditions:
Between sunset and sunrise and anytime visibility is poor
Only when you think you need lights to see
Only in inclement weather
Only at night when it is dark
What is the universal sign for danger or need for assistance?
One long blast on the horn
Three short blasts on the horn
Five short blasts on the horn
Three short blasts on the horn, followed by two long blasts
When operating a boat, when should you have your appointed lookouts in place?
Only when visibility is a concern
Before you start the motor
Once you have left the dock
Before all passengers board the boat
Too much weight or uneven distribution of weight on your boat:
Is not a concern - your boat should be able to handle it
Can cause the boat to swamp or capsize, and the boat can become difficult to control
Is only a hazard if the boat operator is inexperienced or distracted
Is a great way for a boat operator to test his/her boating skills
Which of the following statements regarding tow sport safety is incorrect?
Make sure that the operator and lookout always keep the person being towed in view
Turn the motor off well before approaching the person, and leave it off until the passenger is back safely in the boat
If the ladder is not easily accessible, it is completely fine to use the boat's propeller to reenter the boat
Use a tow rope that is at least 30 feet long
Which of the following statements are true regarding onboard safety?
It is perfectly fine for people to walk around the boat freely when it is moving, as long as the person is wearing a life jacket
There are no restrictions or safety concerns for passengers on a moving boat, as long as the driver is operating at a safe speed.
If a passenger must move around the boat while it is in motion, stay in contact with the boat at all times, keeping a firm grip on the rail or other solid part of the boat
Children are the only passengers that need to consider following additional safety measures on a moving boat
When can a passenger safely enter the boat’s “awareness zone,” (front, sides, rear, swim platform, and 30 feet of water around boat)?
When the boat motor is turned off
When the boat motor is turned off and the keys are removed
When the boat motor is turned off, the keys are removed, and you have counted to ten
A boat should always be anchored from which section?
Any section of the boat is fine
What should you do if you fall into cold water to reduce risk of hypothermia?
Dog paddle under the surface of the water to stay warm
Swim vigorously, ensuring that you keep your heart rate up to maintain a safe body temperature
Float on your back to ensure most of your body is above water
Hold your knees to your chest and wrap your arms across your chest, hugging your life jacket
If you are unsure about local navigation and laws, you should:
Keep an extra careful eye out when you enter the water
Ask your boat rental company to explain any hazards that may exist in your area of operation
Not go boating
Don’t worry about them if you’re a skilled boater
The rule, “Boat it in, Boat it out” refers to:
How many passengers may board your boat
Time of day that you are allowed to boat
The laws against littering on the water
Number of boats allowed on the water
When operating a tiller-steered fishing boat, it is important to:
Ensure you don’t slow down or turn too quickly to prevent the boat from swamping or capsizing
Make abrupt steering movements when necessary to balance out the boat’s weight
Always start the engine in gear
Operate the boat while sitting only
When operating a wheel-steered boat for fishing, which of the following statements are false:
Be careful where you cast your line to prevent injury to others
Ensure you stow items not being used
Be careful moving about the boat, as there are usually more trip hazards in general
Keep all of your fishing gear out and close at hand, even if you’re not using it.
Which of the following statements is false? When operating a runabout boat, hazards are most often related to:
The boat’s power and speed capabilities, and not being able to stop quickly enough
Turning too quickly at high speeds
Encountering another boat’s wake
The number of people in the boat
When operating a pontoon boat, which of the following statements is accurate?
Never allow passengers to ride on the platform at the front of the boat, as a slip and fall can funnel them directly into the engine
There is no person capacity on your boat as long as you have enough properly fitted, Coast Guard approved life jackets on board for each passenger
If you exceed the weight capacity of your boat, there is no concern as long as you travel at a slower than normal speed
Diving is a fun activity from a pontoon, and as long as you are in deep water, there are no additional hazards to consider
When operating a houseboat, which of the following statements is false?
Always take a head count of passengers before starting the motor
Be sure that the boat is anchored before swimming, and ensure a qualified operator remains on board an unanchored boat
Diving from a moving boat is fine as long as the boat is in deep water
Do not run the generator exhaust when swimmers are in the water
Ultimately, boating safety depends primarily on:
My boat rental company and the boating manufacturer
The water conditions and the weather
The Boating Law Administrators in my state
Me, the boat operator