Rules of Thumb

Rules of Thumb
and other quick boating tips:

Operating in Fog
Hose Guards
Kitty Litter

Coat Hanger

Paint & Varnish
Estimating Distance
“Pencil” Radar
Navigating by Eye
Piloting by Echo

Wake Crossing
Changing oil
Accident Reports

The Original 
Rule of Thumb

What are your options

How are you going to learn to
operate your new boat?
Where can you learn advanced
Thinking of upgrading to a
larger boat?
Just want to know more?
Never been on a boat before?


are your options?

1. You can learn by trial and
. Though this is dangerous, and potentially
expensive, this is the way many people learn. Or don’t
learn. (These are the people you try to avoid on the
water. You never can tell which is a trial and which is
an error.)

2. You can go to a school.
This is an option if your schedule permits you to spend a
week or so away from home and work . . . learning with a
group of other students all with varying degrees of
experience . . . on a boat that’s not yours and, most
likely, very different from yours . . . learning in an
area you probably won’t be boating in . . . and learning
what the school wants to teach, not necessarily what you
want to learn.

3. You can teach yourself.
(See #1) There is a lot to learn and much of it you can
teach yourself. (We can help you with that, too.)
Unfortunately, you usually find out what you don’t know
under very unpleasant, and very real, conditions.

4. You can read books. We
recommend many good books depending on your training
goals. In conjunction with hands-on learning with
experienced instructor/captains, this is an excellent
alternative. But a book can’t give you the feel of
actually docking your own boat or maneuvering in close

5. You can have a friend
teach you (or worse, your spouse)
. This is the way to
lose all enthusiasm for boating, not to mention your
relationship. Good teachers are rare, and just knowing
how to do something doesn’t make anyone a good teacher.

OR . . . I.M.E. can tailor a
program just for your needs.

Our instructors are teachers first; their subject (and
their expertise) is boating. We choose instruc-tors based
upon their skill, their experience, and their level of
professional attainment, but only after they have proven
themselves to be good teachers. They don’t lecture, they
certainly don’t yell and they believe the only dumb
question is the one you didn’t ask. Their mission is to
encourage you with their enthusiasm, enable you with
new-found skills, and create a comfortable and
confidence-building atmosphere that lets you learn in
your own unique way and at your own pace.

We match qualified instructors with your training
goals. If the instructor best suited for your training is
not available on the dates you have requested, we tell
you that up front – we don’t just send whoever is
available. If your goal is to be able to make passage to
Venezuela, we send you an instructor who has done it. If
we don’t have a qualified instructor who has done what
you want to do, we tell you that.

We custom tailor a program to fit your needs. Whether
you want to know what that gadget is in the bilge or what
star to use to get a celestial fix, we cover it all.

We can go through your boat with you and explain
systems; we can teach you how to handle your boat safely
in all conditions; we can teach you to navigate by sight,
stars or electronically. Our hands-on training on your
boat can be invaluable. Have you ever tried to get into a
dock with wind and current against you, or get away from
a dock with the same elements not in your favor? We show
you simple techniques to make a safe landing or
departure. We can handle any request you have to reach
your goal.

Who We Are:

I.M.E. is a group of dedicated, talented and
experienced marine instructors. In addition to
professional careers and extensive boating experience,
all of our instructors have taught at major boating
schools and have come to believe that there is a better,
more comfortable, and more cost-effective way to learn
these skills. We believe that the best way to learn is on
the boat you will be using, with the people with whom you
will be boating, in the area in which you will do most of
your boating.

As the Director of I.M.E., I personally select all
instructor/captains based on their experience,
personality and ability to communicate their knowledge. I
believe you will find our program the best way to learn
boating safety, skills and seamanship.

Please feel free to call with any questions you may
have or to discuss a personalized training program for
yourself, your family or for small groups.


U.S.C.G. Masters license, 100 ton with auxiliary sail
American Sailing Association (ASA) Certified Instructor
ASA Certified Instructor, all levels
Instructor, Lanier Sailing Academy
Instructor, Chapman School of Seamanship
Instructor, Florida Yacht Charters
U.S.N. Sailing Club Instructor
F.C.C. Marine Radio Operators
License First Aid/CPR Certification
PDIC Open Water Diver Certification
Masters Degree Business & Industrial Psychology –
Texas A & M University
B.S. Degrees in Psychology & Sociology – Texas A
& M University
B.S. Degree Biology – University of Oklahoma
Premed Associate Degree – University of Oklahoma


Marine Pollution

Marine Pollution – Additional Information


Plastic includes, but is not limited to; plastic bags, styrofoam cups and lids, six pack holders, stirrers, straws, milk jugs, egg cartons, synthetic nets, ropes, lines and bio or photo-degradable plastics.

Garbage means paper, rags, glass, metal, crockery (generated in living spaces aboard the vessel — what we normally call trash), and all kinds of food, maintenance and cargo-associated waste. Garbage, as used here, does not include fresh fish or fish parts, dishwater, or gray water.

Dunnage is material used to block and brace cargo and is considered a cargo-associated waste.

Dishwater means the liquid residue from the manual or automatic washing of dishes and cooking utensils which have been pre-cleaned to the extent that any food particles adhering to them would not normally interfere with the operation of automatic dishwashers.

Graywater means drainage from a dishwasher, shower, laundry, bath, and washbasin and does not include drainage from toilets, urinals, hospitals, and cargo spaces.

Waste Management Plans

The Waste Management Plan must be in writing and describe procedures for collecting, processing, storing and properly disposing of garbage in a way that will not violate the requirement. It must also designate the person who is in charge of carrying out the plan.

Boaters who have specific questions about the form or content of a Waste Management Plan should contact the nearest Coast Guard Captain of the Port.

Marina Obligations

Recreational boating facilities (such as marinas, yacht clubs and attended launching ramps), capable of providing wharfage or other services for 10 or more recreational vessels, must also provide adequate garbage reception facilities for any vessel that routinely calls. Vessels must be conducting business with the facility to qualify for the service. Marinas would not be expected to provide services to a vessel whose sole reason for docking was to offload its garbage. Also, marinas and terminals can charge vessel operators reasonable fees for providing the service. Boat operators should request that their marinas have adequate dumpsters, and oil and antifreeze recycling bins. Boaters should return to the dock all materials they take out in their boats.

MSD Basic Requirements

Vessels 65 feet in length and under may install a Type I, II, or III Marine Sanitation Device. Vessels over 65 feet in length must install a Type II or III MSD.

TYPE I This device is certified to treat the sewage with disinfectant chemicals, and by other means, before it is discharged into the water. The treated discharge must meet certain health standards for bacteria content and must not show any visible floating solids.

TYPE II This MSD is also a treatment device, but it is certified to provide a higher level of sewage treatment. Because it is larger in size than a Type I, and generally has higher power requirements, it is usually installed only in larger recreational boats.

TYPE III This MSD does not allow the discharge of sewage. Type III category devices include recirculating and incinerating MSDs and holding tanks. Holding tanks are probably the most common kind of Type III MSD used on recreational boats. Sewage is stored in the holding tank until it can be pumped out to a reception facility on shore, or at sea beyond the territorial waters of the United States.

Reception Facilities

Reception facilities (sometimes called pumpout stations) are not required by Coast Guard regulations. Their availability at marinas or other locations is largely a function of local boater demand. Most cruising guides and boating almanacs list the availability of pumpout stations. However, because of the growing number of No Discharge Zones (see below) and the increasing number of boaters, the Federal Government and the States are encouraging, and assisting with funding, the installation of more pumpout stations along U.S. waterways. They are also turning their attention to a requirement for standardized MSD pumpout fittings that will make it possible for all vessels to easily use any pumpout station.

For the future — The Clean Vessel Act of 1992 (Public Law 102587, Subtitle F) recommends the following: “For all vessels manufactured after December 31, 1994, a standard deck fitting for removal of sewage should be constructed to the “International standard ISO 4567 Shipbuilding – Yachts – Waste water fittings” for holding tanks, which is a female 38.1 mm (one and one half inches) pipe size with 11 threads per 25.4 mm (inch). These threads could utilize a quick-connect, or cam lock fitting. For existing vessels, an adapter, such as a tapered cone, should be used for non-standard deck fittings. All pumpout connectors should fit the standard deck fitting. For vessels manufactured after December 31, 1994, it has been recommended that, because of possible confusion between waste, fuel and water deck fittings, the deck fittings should be identified with the words ‘WASTE’, ‘GAS’, ‘DIESEL’, and ‘WATER’, and color coded. Fittings should be provided with black caps for waste, red caps for gas and diesel, and blue caps for water.”

In the meantime, because there are a variety of fitting sizes at various marinas, boaters should acquaint themselves with what, if any, fitting adapter they should have to enable discharge at any pumpout location.

Certification Labels

Every manufacturer of Coast Guard certified treatment MSDs must affix a certification label on the MSD. The label will show the name of the manufacturer, the name and model number of the device, the month and year of manufacturer, the MSD type (i.e. Type I, Type I, or Type III), a certification number, and a certification statement. This is proof that the device has been tested to meet the U.S. Coast Guard regulations for design and construction, and the Environmental Protection Agency regulations and standards as required by the Clean Water Act.

Holding tanks (Type III MSDs) will not be labeled. They will be considered Coast Guard certified if they are used to store sewage and flushwater only and they operate at ambient (outside) air temperature and pressure. A holding tank must have enough reserve capacity to retain the wastes generated while the vessel is operating in waters where the discharge of raw sewage is prohibited. Isolating the overboard discharge piping from the head with a valve is not considered equivalent to providing a holding tank.

Special MSD Regulations Pertaining to Houseboats

The Clean Water Act permits a State to enforce regulations regarding the design, manufacture, installation, and use of MSDs on Houseboats, even if such a regulation is more stringent than Federal standards. “Houseboat” is defined as a vessel which, for a period of time determined by the State in which the vessel is located, is used primarily as a residence and not primarily as a means of transportation. If you own or operate a boat that fits this definition, check with the State Boating Law Administrator for any special MSD requirements the State may have.

How good was your Nautical Know How

How good was your
Nautical Know How ?

Answers to the contest appear in blue .
The winner of the last contest, Lori Walczak , will receive a Nautical Know How T-shirt.

A continuous fog signal indicates – a vessel in distress
Which of the following will introduce compass error? Iron
An ebbing tide is: Outgoing
Most fires/explosions on a boat occur after fueling .
Which of the following is a not distress signal? Flashing Yellow Light

Useful Boating Information

Useful Boating Information

  • Rescue Techniques for Sail Racing – from the Rescue Chiefs of Cork (03/25/98)
  • Ramp Courtesy by Mark Fridl (03/17/98)
  • Towing Tips by W.J. Laudeman
  • Boating Accident Reporting – It’s the Law
  • Maritime Environmental Regulations by Chief Warrant Officer Jim Krzenski, Commanding Officer, U.S.C.G. Station Fort Pierce, FL
  • Marine Sanitation: Fact vs. Folklore by Peggie Hall, President of Peal Products
  • No Discharge Regulations by Peggie Hall, President of Peal Products
  • All About Nautical Charts
  • How to use Dividers and Parallel Rulers.
  • Nautical Miles and Statute Miles
  • Seasickness contributed by Bob Pone
  • Drug-Testing and Maritime Law from Capt. Alan E. Spears.
  • Windsurfing Don’t Get in Over Your Head – contributed by Lawrence
  • Buying a Boat
  • Preventing Boat Theft
  • International Code Flags
  • An Overview of GPS
  • The Pros and Cons of Documenting Your Boat
  • Hull Identification Numbers – What they Mean
  • Calculating the Distance to Horizon
  • Lightning Protection
  • Boating Etiquette
  • Removing a stray fishing hook Contributed by Bob Pone, the Marine
  • Taking Bearings on a Small Boat by Bill McNiel

Boating Stories Archives

Boating Stories Archives

  • The Great Bahamas Cruise by Jim Smith (03/25/98)
  • Caution for Pontoon Boaters (03/25/98)
  • Top 10 Silliest Questions Asked on Cruise Ships (03/25/98)
  • Adventures in Galveston Bay by Jeanne Hurr (03/17/98)
  • Capt. Matt’s Boating Adventure (In 4 parts)
  • Nathan’s Kite Boat
  • Port Tack to Tortola by Jim Smith
  • Murphy’s Law at Work by John Sullivan
  • Boating experiences on the ICW .
  • Keel-Hauling In Havasu by Jim Smith
  • Tortola Torture by Jim Smith
  • Vicki & Ray’s First Bareboating Adventure
  • The Bahamas via Hong Kong by Jim Smith
  • Some Humor from Jim Smith

BoatSafe Kids

  • How Far is the Horizon? (04/14/98)
  • Do I have to wear my PFD?
  • How do life jackets work?
  • Stuff you should always have onboard no matter how small your boat is
  • Why are life jackets orange?
  • What does “abeam” mean?
  • What makes a boat plane?
  • How do heavy boats float?

Boat Handling Tips

Boat Handling Tips

  • Boat Docking in a Quartering Wind by Charles Low (04/14/98)
  • Boat Docking – An Introduction by Charles Low
  • Docking Broadside to Wind by Charles T. Low
  • Close Quarters Maneuvering by Charles Low
  • Docking Stern-to – by Charles T. Low
  • Boat Docking – Alongside in a Headwind by Charles T. Low
  • Maneuvering in a Narrow Channel
  • Docking & Undocking
  • Docking Tips continued
  • Your Boat’s Aground – What Now?

Boat Maintenance Tips

  • Bright Ideas contributed by Bob Pone, The Marine Do-It-Yourselfer
  • Troubleshooting the Over-Heating Engine
  • Winterizing Your Boat
  • Outboard Motor Maintenance
  • Checking Bilge Pumps
  • Through-hull Fittings

Printable checklists and logs

  • A Float Plan
  • Trip Log
  • Ship’s Log
  • Predeparture Check List
  • Tools & Spare Parts List
  • Required Equipment for Recreational Boats

Basic Boating Safety Course

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Upon successful completion, you will receive a printable temporary certificate. Your permanent documents will be mailed to you.



  • Coastal Navigation Course
  • Navigators Tool Kit
  • Skipper’s Onboard Source – Fast Reference to Boating Safety Information
  • Nautical Know How T-Shirt
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Boating Courses Online

Basic Boating Safety Certification Course – Approved by NASBLA, recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard. Successful completion of this course entitles most boat owners to a discount on marine insurance premiums. Take this course on your own schedule and at your own pace. Help is available via email.

Coastal Navigation – basic navigation course is a combination of home study materials, sample and real-time chart work, and online testing, help desk and discussion board.

In the works:
License Prep Course
Celestial Navigation Course
Basic Sailing Course

Nautical Know How Basic Boating Safety Certification Final Exam

To take the final exam online: 

This is the quickest way to receive your documents. You will also know right away whether you have passed or failed.

If you cannot take the final exam online, you can print and mail this exam. This option is much slower than taking the final exam online .

INSTRUCTIONS After you have completed the Chapter Review Quizzes, print this exam . The exam is designed to test your understanding of boating and safety laws. It consists of 50 multiple choice questions. Read each statement carefully. On the answer sheet that appears at the end of the questions, place a circle around the letter of the answer which best completes the statement. Each question has only one correct answer. Read all the answers and choose the most complete correct answer.

1. Type II “Near-shore Buoyant Vests”

a) always turn an unconscious wearer face-up
b) are favored for water sports.
c) have at least 15.5 pounds of buoyancy in the adult size.
d) include wearable cushions.

2. Type III “Flotation Aid” life preservers

a) always turn an unconscious wearer face-up.
b) are favored for water sports.
c) have at least 22 pounds of buoyancy in the adult size.
d) include throwable cushions.

3. A Type IV buoyant flotation device:

a) must offer immediate access.
b) must be approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.
c) should be strapped over the back like a saddle.
d) both a) and b).

4. What must a boatÂ’s capacity plate show?

a) The most horsepower allowed.
b) The most weight allowed aboard the boat.
c) The minimum battery current needed to start the motor.
d) Just a) and b) are true.

5. Pyrotechnic Visual Distress Signals:

a) must be approved by U.S. Coast Guard.
b) are best used only if another vessel is in sight.
c) should be fired downwind or held over the leeward side of the boat.
d) all of the above.

6. The blower for an inboard gasoline motor:

a) should run 4 minutes before the motor is started.
b) should be turned on right after the motor is started.
c) must be on whenever the motor is running.
d) is not needed if you smell no fumes.

7. Carburetor backfire flame arrestors

a) are required on all boats.
b) are attached to the fuel tank.
c) reduce the chance of a fire.
d) need no maintenance.

8. Most boat explosions and fires occur

a) during or right after fueling.
b) during thunderstorms.
c) after dark.
d) in the boatÂ’s bow.

9. How should you use a fire extinguisher?

a) Get 1 to 2 feet from the flames.
b) Make short sweeps across the top of the flames.
c) Make sweeps of one-half second each along the base of the flames.
d) Make one long sweep aimed at the top of the flames.

10. What does the letter “B” on a Class B fire extinguisher indicate?

a) It is to be used on Class B boats.
b) The amount of extinguishant in it.
c) It is best for flammable liquids.
d) It is best for electrical fires.

11. What is the marking on “BOATS EXCLUSION AREA” markers in the Uniform State Waterways Marking System?

a) An orange diamond with a circle in it.
b) An orange triangle.
c) An orange diamond with a cross in it
d) An orange triangle with a “D” in it.

12. Most boating deaths result from

a) falling out of a small open boat.
b) collisions between boats.
c) boats being swamped.
d) fires and explosions.

13. In the Nav Rules, what must a Give-Way boat do?

a) Stop NOW.
b) Take early and substantial action to avoid the other boat.
c) Maintain course and speed
d) Sound his horn three times.

14. In the Nav Rules,

a) Overtaking boats are always ‘Give-Way’ boats.
b) Motoring boats are always ‘Give-Way’ boats.
c) Sailing boats are always ‘Stand-On’ boats.
d) Personal watercraft are always ‘Give-Way’ boats.

15. In the Nav Rules, what is a Motoring boatÂ’s danger zone?

a) Dead ahead and to starboard
b) Dead ahead and to port.
c) Dead ahead.
d) Dead astern.

16. In the Nav Rules, what does a solid green light moving on the water at night indicate?

a) The port side of a boat thatÂ’s Motoring.
b) The starboard side of` a boat thatÂ’s Sailing.
c) The port side of a boat thatÂ’s Sailing.
d) The stern of a boat thatÂ’s Motoring.

17. What equipment needs U.S. Coast Guard approval?

a) motors
b) life preservers and fire extinguishers
c) electrical equipment and batteries
d) anchors and dock lines

18. If you are in a stable boat and a storm is near,

a) close up the boat and duck into the lee of land for wind and wave protection, if youÂ’re sure you will make it.
b) close up the boat and head into wind and waves.
c) consider a), then b).
d) sound the danger signal.

19. Drinking too much alcohol while operating a boat

a) reduces coordination and balance.
b) increases risk-taking.
c) reduces judgment.
d) all of the above.

20. You should always watch for changes in the weather while boating. Most changes come from the

a) West.
b) East.
c) South.
d) North.

21. Regulatory Buoys in the Uniform State Waterway Marking System are recognized by:

a) their solid orange color.
b) their sizes.
c) the horizontal orange bands at the top and bottom.
d) the red and green lights on top.

22. Being a courteous boater includes:

a) not throwing litter into the water.
b) keeping noise to a minimum at night.
c) watching your wake so as not to cause damage to other vessels or to shorelines.
d) all three of the above.

23. When boarding a small boat from a dock or low pier:

a) step onto the bow of the boat.
b) step into the center of the boat.
c) step onto a side of the boat.
d) jump into the boat.

24. The necessary length of a boat trailer is determined by:

a) the length of the car towing it.
b) the length of the boat.
c) the beam (width) of the boat.
d) state law.

25. A boat is less stable and more likely to capsize when:

a) overloaded or overpowered.
b) its load is kept low and evenly distributed.
c) empty.
d) in deep water.

26. Planing hulls:

a) are designed to skim on top of the water.
b) require very little power to plow through the water.
c) are often found on very large trawler yachts.
d) cannot go very fast.

27. An example of negligent or reckless operation would be:

a) excessive speed in a congested area.
b) operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
c) operating in a swimming area with bathers present.
d) all three of the above.

28. If a boat capsizes:

a) grab a PFD and swim to the nearest shore.
b) grab a PFD, swim to the boat, and stay with the boat.
c) grab a PFD and yell until help arrives.
d) swim away from the boat as quickly as possible.

29. If you see something off the port beam, you are seeing something:

a) straight out from the middle of the vessel on the left side.
b) straight ahead of the vessel.
c) straight out from the middle of the vessel on the right side.
d) directly behind the vessel.

30. You must always have the following required equipment on your vessel:

a) a Coast Guard approved PFD for each person on board.
b) paddles or oars.
c) tool kit and spare parts.
d) all of the above.

31. Under the Lateral Buoyage System, you can tell which side of the channel a buoy is on by its:

a) color.
b) shape(unlighted buoys)
c) number.
d) all the above.

32. The following vessels always have the right-of-way:

a) sailboats.
b) sailboats using motors.
c) motorboats over 26 feet in length.
d) large ships in narrow channels.

33. To avoid a collision:

a) keep a sharp lookout for others.
b) know and follow the rules of the road.
c) be courteous.
d) all three of the above.

34. In poor visibility, motorboat operators, while making way, must sound on the horn every two minutes:

a) one prolonged blast plus two short blasts.
b) two prolonged blasts.
c) one prolonged blast.
d) one prolonged blast plus three short blasts.

35. Fire extinguishers are classified, according to the type and size fire they can put out, by:

a) color of the containers.
b) size of the containers.
c) letters and numbers.
d) all of the above.

36. Before you buy a PFD, you should make sure that:

a) its color matches your boat.
b) its color contrasts with the color of your boat and it will be seen.
c) it is Coast Guard approved.
d) you donÂ’t have to make sure of anything; all PFDs are the same.

37. The skipper of a boat is responsible for:

a) the safety of all guests.
b) the boat.
c) any damage the boatÂ’s wake may cause.
d) all three of the above.

38. Jet drives are usually found on:

a) luxury yachts.
b) PWCs.
c) houseboats.
d) displacement vessels.

39. The condition in which the human body loses heat faster than it can be produced is called:

a) shock.
b) suffocation.
c) hypothermia.
d) dry rot.

40. A vessel being overtaken must:

a) maintain course and slow down.
b) move to port.
c) hold course and speed.
d) move to starboard.

41. When you are in a lock system you should:

a) shut off the motor.
b) hang boat fenders on both sides of the boat.
c) follow the lock attendantÂ’s instructions.
d) all of the above.

42. Water skiers should always be able to control the actions of the boat through:

a) yelling.
b) foot signals.
c) hand signals
d) large signs.

43. A sailboat usually has the right of way over a motorboat except:

a) when it yields to commercial vessels in narrow channels.
b) when the sailboat is the overtaking boat.
c) when it is under power.
d) all the above.

44. The operator of a boat involved in an accident must report the accident immediately if:

a) a person dies.
b) a person loses consciousness or receives medical treatment beyond first aid.
c) property damage is more than $500.
d) any of the above.

45. A buoy flying a red flag with a white diagonal stripe indicates:

a) first leg of a sailing race course.
b) divers down – steer clear by at least 100 feet.
c) ski slalom course – steer well clear.
d) hatchery fish in area – proceed slowly.

46. You should not operate around low head dams because:

a) the calm water you see can be deceiving and treacherous.
b) the water above the dam is flowing and could carry you into and over it.
c) the turbulence near the face of the dam can pull you under and not allow you to come to the top.
d) all of the above.

47. If a person falls overboard, you should:

a) turn on your running lights to warn others
b) toss a life saving device to the person.
c) immediately speed the boat up so the person will not float away too far.
d) report the accident immediately.

48. When going upstream or entering a channel from seaward:

a) the red buoys are on the port (left) side.
b) remember red, right, returning.
c) stay close to shore to avoid other craft.
d) keep the black or green buoys on the starboard (right] side.

49. You should leave a copy of your float plan with

a) the Coast Guard.
b) the state police.
c) a close friend or relative.
d) the President.

50. Navigation lights on pleasure boats are restricted to colors that are:

a) red, green, and white only.
b) white only.
c) red and green only.
d) red, blue, green, and white only.

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Please complete the following information so that we may process your Boating Safety ID Card and Certificate. The information is used for processing and to keep records of persons who have completed the course. It will not be used for any other purpose.

Full Name:_______________________________________________
City, State, Zip____________________________________________
email: ________________________________ 


I hereby pledge and certify, by my signature below, that I have successfully completed all required Chapter review exams. Additionally, I certify that I have successfully completed the State specific exam (if available) for the State in which I intend to operate a vessel. Further, I certify that I am the person whose name is represented on this final examination and all answers are given as a representation of my knowledge of the material provided in the Nautical Know How course and that all questions have been answered without assistance from others. If I am a person under the age of 18 years of age, I certify that this final exam was proctored by a responsible adult who has acknowledged same by their signature as a witness to this pledge.

Signature:_____________________ Signature of Witness:___________________________
Date: ________________________ Date: _________ 
Phone #: ______________________

Congratulations on completing the Nautical Know How Basic Boating Safety Certification final exam. Please mail the answer sheet (the information in this table), along with a postage and handling fee of $15.00 to:

Nautical Know How, Inc.
51 N. 3rd St. #240, Philadelphia, PA 19106

If you have questions: email: [email protected]

If you have completed all of the Chapter Review Quizzes, your State quiz (if available) and you pass the final exam with a score of at least 80%, your ID Card and Certificate should arrive in approximately two weeks.

Thanks . . . and we hope you enjoyed the course! Your comments and suggestions are, as always, greatly appreciated.