Chapter 6 Review—Other Water Activities and Marine Environment
Before proceeding to the quiz, take a moment to review some of the highlights from Chapter 6 Other Water Activities and the Marine Environment.
PERSONAL WATERCRAFT (PWC)
The throttle on a personal watercraft is what regulates the amount of fuel going into the engine, but unlike operating other types of power-driven vessels, a PWC only maintains its steering ability with the throttle applied. If the throttle isn't on you will NOT be able to steer.
RIGHTING AND RE-BOARDING A PWC
It is relatively easy to right your PWC if it overturns. Most have a decal attached to the back of the vessel that indicates the proper direction to turn the PWC to the upright position. There is a proper direction to turn it over; damage can be done if you turn the PWC the wrong way.
Re-boarding a PWC, however, can be more challenging. It is especially difficult to re-board a PWC in rough waters.
To re-board a PWC:
Re-boarding a PWC however, can be more challenging. It is especially difficult to re-board a PWC in rough waters.
Always approach from the direction marked on the hull.
Pull yourself up high enough to kneel on the running board.
THE PURPOSE AND USE OF A LANYARD
A PWC will not start unless the safety lanyard is attached to the start/stop switch. Additionally, the lanyard MUST be attached to your wrist, lifejacket, or person. If you fall off a PWC, the lanyard will be pulled off the start/stop switch and the engine will stop immediately. This will ensure the safety of other boaters or swimmers.
HUNTING AND FISHING
HUNTING AND FISHING
Always be sure to load your boat properly.
Try to keep equipment low and center. This will greatly help with your boats stability.
Avoid quick movements. Use caution when retrieving a fish, collecting decoys, or firing your gun: all these actions can result in falls overboard emergencies, if you aren't careful.
Remain seated as much as possible. When you have to move around the boat, always maintain 3 points of contact with the vessel. This will help you and the boat to remain stable.
Slow down when you’re near other boaters, and show respect by limiting noise, which amplifies and travels over water.
Additionally, anglers and hunters should keep the following in mind:
Use the buddy system and leave a float plan. Fishing or hunting alone is very risky. At the very least, let a responsible friend or family member know where you plan to fish or hunt and when you expect to return.
Be sure to have proper navigation lights. Peak fishing hours tend to be during early morning and early evening. During these times, vision is limited, so be sure to have proper navigation lights in working order and a backup flashlight.