You should learn how to swim and handle a boat so you can be safe in the water. These skills will help save yourself and others from danger. You should be able to swim at least 100 yards. And you should be able to tread water for five minutes. If you don't know how, or want to be a better swimmer, call your local recreation center or YMCA for swimming lessons.
You will learn:
♦ How to keep from getting hurt by harsh weather, such as hot sun, heavy storms and freezing water
♦ How alcohol and drugs can make it dangerous to operate a boat
♦ How to use different types of Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs), such as life jackets
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Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.