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Personal Development Classes

Continuing Education provides a series of classes designed for self-improvement and personal growth. Our Personal Development classes offer flexibility and a variety of class times to choose from. Enhance your career skills and improve your life.

All About Boating SAfely 

If you are interested in an exciting, in-depth boating safety course, check out the in classroom (seminar) version of our popular online boating course. This beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely. Topics include:

  • Introduction to Boating – Types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; paddle boats; houseboats; different uses of boats; various power boating engines; jet drives; family boating basics.
  • Boating Law – Boat registration; boating regulation; hull identification number; required boat safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; Federal boat law; state boating laws; personal watercraft requirements.
  • Boat Safety Equipment –Personal flotation devices ("life jackets"); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; dock lines and rope; first aid kit; anchors and anchor lines; other boating safety equipment.
  • Safe Boating – Bow riding; alcohol and drug abuse; entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks; steering with a tiller and a wheel; docking, undocking and mooring; knots; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather and tides; using charts; choosing and using an anchor; safe PWC handling; general water safety.
  • Navigation – The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWC "tunnel vision."
  • Boating Problems – Hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; man overboard recovery; capsizing; running aground; river hazards; strainers: emergency radio calls; engine problems; equipment failures; carbon monoxide (CO); other boating and PWC problems.
  • Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat – Types of trailers; trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading, balancing, and towing a trailer; towing (and backing) a trailer; boat launching and retrieving; boat storage and theft protection; launching, retrieving and storing a PWC.
  • Hunting and Fishing, Water-skiing and River Boating – Carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat; fishing from a boat; water-skiing safety guidelines and hand signals; water-skiing with a PWC; navigating rivers, and other boating tips.

My Health, My Choice, My Responsibility REGISTER!

My Health, My Choice, My Responsibility is an eight-session program to train adults with developmental disabilities to become health self-advocates. Each session covers a health area with the focus on making healthy choices in daily life and speaking up for good health. My Health, My Choice, My Responsibility emphasizes the importance of self-advocacy in health and wellness areas. Both a trainer and a self-advocate trainer facilitate the program. Participants are those who have an interest in their own health and wellness and have the desire to speak up for themselves.

Tues. & Thurs., April 19 & 21, 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Student Union East (SUE) 231 - Gibson Lecture Hall
Fee: $65

Lara Herter, Program Coordinator, Business & Community & Education
lherter@gulfcoast.edu
T  850.873.3583
 

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