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Sample Boating Safety Course Quiz

1. Which category of life jacket is designed to turn an unconscious person face up in the water?

a. Type I
b. Type II
c. Type III
d. Type IV
e. Type V

2. You are in a power-driven vessel and you are overtaking another power-driven vessel.  

a. You should give five short blasts on your horn to signal your intentions.
b. You are the stand-on vessel and can safely overtake because the other vessel is the give way vessel.
c. Both are give-way vessels and must keep clear
d. Both are stand-on vessels and must keep clear.
e. You are the give way vessel and must keep clear
f. None of the above  

3. Federal Law requires that boats must be equipped with:

a. An anchor.
b. A GPS so you can give the Coast Guard your location in the event of an emergency.
c. Visual Distress Signals.
d. A VHF radio to call the Coast Guard in event of an emergency.
e. A block and tackle to recover a person overboard.
f. A Personal Locator Beacon to attached to your PFD.

4. When two power-driven vessels meet on reciprocal or nearly reciprocol courses. 

a. Both are considered stand-on vessels according to the Navigation Rules.
b. The vessel to the north of the other is the stand on vessel and the other the give-way vessel.
c. Both are considered give way vessels and should alter course to starboard and pass port to port.
d. Both are considered stand-on vessels and should alter course to port and pass starboard to starboard.
e. Both should reverse and give five short blasts on the horn to reduce the risk of collision.

5. You are in a power-driven vessel and you see a red and green light dead ahead.   You are looking at:

a. A vessel not under command.
b. A vessel engaged in fishing.
c. A vessel restricted in her ability to maneuver.
d. Another power-driven vessel.
e: A recreational vessel.
f. A sailing vessel.

6. You are in a power-driven vessel at night and you see a vessel with a red side light and a white mast light on starboard:​​

a. You can safely pass in front of that vessel because the red light means that the vessel intends to stop and let you safely pass in front of him.


b. The red light means that the other vessel is in distress.  You should turn toward the vessel and prepare to render assistance.


c. The red light means that the other vessel is towing a barge. 

You should reverse to reduce the risk of collision. 

d. You are the give way vessel 

e: None of the above. 


7. You are underway in a power-driven vessel and your engine dies.  You check the fuel gauge and it reads empty.  You decide to call the Coast Guard for assistance on your VHF radio.  You should change to channel:

a. WX1 because every VHF receiver has this channel so you know you will be heard when you transmit on this channel
b. 09 because this is a calling channel.
c. 06   
d. 16. 
e. 22 Alpha because this is the channel designated by the Coast Guard to initially contact them 
f. 68
g. 70 because this is the DSC channel. 

8. You are underway in a 40 foot power-driven vessel in fog. You should sound a signal:  

a. One prolonged blast at intervals of not more than two minutes.
b. Two prolonged blasts at intervals of not more thant two minutes.
c. One prolonged blast followed by two short blasts at intervals of not more than two minutes. 
d. Five prolonged blasts at intervals of not more than one minute.  
e. None of the above. 

9. You plan to enter a harbor whose entrance has a safe water mark which is red and white vertically striped buoy.  You can recognize this type of buoy at night because it has a :

a. Red light and flashes (2 + 1) every 6 secs.

b. Green light and an iso pattern

c. Red light, and an occulting pattern

d. Yellow light, quick flashing

e. White light, short flash-long-flash

f.  White light, flashes (2) every 5s

g; None of the above

10. You need to measure the distance between two points on a chart with your dividers. You should use the:


a.  Longitude scale and add compass deviation

b.  Longitude scale and subtract compass deviation

c.  Longitude scale.

d.  Latitude shown on the compass rose

e. Latitude scale

f. None of the above

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