Course Outline

The following are common boating terminology that you should become familiar with.

  • Bow: front
  • Stern: back
  • Port side: left side when facing forward
  • Starboard side: right side when facing forward
  • Heads: bathroom or toilet (Ask how one works before you use because it is not the same as on land!)
  • Galley: kitchen
  • Bridge/Helm/Wheelhouse: navigation station and steering area
  • Captain/Skipper: The Boss (Listen carefully to him or her!)

The captain or crew will show you around the boat, tell you where to sit and stow your gear, and give you a full emergency briefing, which will include such items as life vests, life boats, emergency oxygen, radio and/or communications, etc. If you do not understand, please ask!

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