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Module 05 - Navigating the Waterways

Using Sound Signals for Navigation

One Short Blast:
I’m altering my course to starboard (to the right).
Two Short Blasts:
I’m altering my course to port (to the left).
Three Short Blasts:
I’m operating my boat in reverse.
Five Rapid Blasts:
I’m unsure of the other boater’s intentions.
one Long Blast:
I’m leaving the dock and am a motorized boat of 12m or longer.

 

Exception: If You’re Operating a Boat on the Great Lakes

  • One short blast: I want to pass you on my boat’s port (left) side.
  • Two short blasts: I want to pass you on my boat’s starboard (right) side.

During Periods of Reduced Visibility

  • Sailboats should sound one long blast followed by two short blasts.
  • Motorized boats should sound one long blast every two minutes.
  • Boats at anchor should blast a sound signal rapidly for about five seconds every minute.

 

Take a course

Boat in the water with people sitting aboard
Hunter with a bow in tall grass at dusk
Man on yellow ATV riding through dirt tracks
Person on snowmobile riding through snowy trail
Person paddling in white water rapids
Three individuals backpacking across a yellow, grassy plain

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