Pontoon Fun and Family Safety
Dates: See schedule above
Location: Tellico Village
Time: 1 to 4 PM
Cost: $30.00
Boating fun is all about being on and in the water with family and friends, enjoying every moment and doing it safely.   This class takes you through the process of planning, preparing the boat, getting under way, where to go and fun things to do followed by getting everyone back home safely.

Boating Fun and Family Safety is tailored to Tellico Lake with charts and satellite images, quiet anchorages, scenic locations and places to visit.   There is a lot of history around Tellico and boating is a great way to see and do it all.
CALL FOR RESERVATIONSDennis Beard at 865-657-3080 or email:
Mike Colacone at 352-804-8257 or email: Mc195@aol,com

Watts Bar Classes: Call Bill and Linda White at 865-376-4822
Please scroll down for the 2017 schedule and full details for all boating classes.
Instructor   Date                                   Course/Seminar
1                  February 23...................PaddleSports
1                   March 8.........................Marlinspike(Lines, Knots and splices)
Several       March 28 and 30............About Boating Safely
3                  April 11..........................Now in Command (First Mates) 
2                  June 20 and 22..............GPS for Tennessee Boaters
Several       May 9 and 11...............About Boating Safely
2                  May23.............................Pontoon fun and family safety
3                  June 6............................Now in Command (First Mates)
2                  June 20 and 22..............GPS for Tennessee Boaters
Several       July 11 and 13...............About Boating Safely 1-5 pm(Watts Bar)
3                  Aug 24............................Now in Command(First Mates)
Several       September 19 and 21.....About Boating Safely
Several       October 12......................Cold Water Boating

See Schedule above, 
1 PM to 5 PM each day at Tellico Yacht Club
(call for more details for other locations)
Cost: $ 45.00* including text, exam and certificate
Students under 16 years of age (proof please) will receive a $25 discount.

All students who must comply with TN Mandatory Boater Education Law will be provided with a proctored Tennessee Exam.
*Couples/families who share course materials may attend for $10 per additional person.  Fee collected at first class.
This boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Successful completion of the course and multiple choice exam will earn you a safe boating certificate. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely.
Introduction to Boating - Types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; different uses of boats;  jet drives; family boating basics.
Boating Law - Boat registration; boating regulation; hull identification number; required boat safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; environmental protection; Federal and State boat law; personal watercraft requirements.
Boat Safety Equipment - Personal flotation devices ("life jackets"); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; dock lines; first aid kit; anchors and anchor lines..
Safe Boating - Bow riding; alcohol and drug abuse; entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling; docking, undocking and mooring; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel and weather;  using charts; safe PWC handling; general water safety.
Navigation - The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions; sound signals.
Boating Problems - Hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; man overboard recovery; capsizing; running aground; river hazards; emergency radio calls; carbon monoxide (CO); other boating and PWC problems.
Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat - Types of trailers; trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading, balancing; boat launching and retrieving; boat storage and theft protection.
Pontoon Fun and Family Safety
Dates: See schedule above
Location: Tellico Village
Time: 1 to 4 PM
Cost: $30.00
Boating fun is all about being on and in the water with family and friends, enjoying every moment and doing it safely.   This class takes you through the process of planning, preparing the boat, getting under way, where to go and fun things to do followed by getting everyone back home safely.

Boating Fun and Family Safety is tailored to Tellico Lake with charts and satellite images, quiet anchorages, scenic locations and places to visit.   There is a lot of history around Tellico and boating is a great way to see and do it all.
Topics include
· Planning and preparing your boat for the day.
· Learn your limits – people capacity, draft, fuel and other critical considerations.
· Safety equipment and Communications.
· Personal floatation and family safety. Special considerations for Children.
· Where to go and how to get there – basic planning and charts.
· Proper anchoring techniques and rafting up safely with friends.
· Keeping your cool - Protection from the sun – manage your exposure.
· Let’s have fun, pontoon picnics and social activities.
· Entertaining onboard, food storage, cooking and drinking.
· Responsible drinking and State laws and limits.
· In water toys, games and safety.
· Propeller blade safety and other water-play issues.
· Getting home safely.

MARLINSPIKE SEAMANSHIP: Lines, Knots and Splices

                                                                      Dates:  See scheduled above
Location: Tellico Yacht Club, Top Floor          
Time: 1 to 4 PM
Cost: $25.00
Comments from our About Boating Safely (ABS) class indicate that students want more time to learn and practice knots and generally learn more about working with lines.   Marlinspike Seamanship answers that need and includes more knots, bends and hitches, line splicing and other marine line knowledge. Splicing skills allow boaters to prepare custom-made lines for their boat, or for repairing lines that have damaged sections.
Topics include:
· Line Knowledge - twisted, braided, nylon, dacron, polyproplene, line size, strength and other details.
· Line Maintenance - Keeping your lines in good shape.
· Knots, bends and hitches - what is the difference and how are they applied.
· Knots - including the bowline(king of knots), square knot(aka reef knot) and many other practical knots and how to use them.
Bends - including the sheet bend (aka becket bend) for tying two lines together.
· H
itches - including the clove hitch(for tying fenders to the rails), cleat hitch for tying a boat to a dock
· Splicing lines - loops, back splices, anchor splice and other spices for making dock lines and other practical applications.    Every student will leave class with their own hand-made dock line for their boat.

Dates: See schedule above
Location: Tellico Village Yacht Club, top floor meeting room
Time: 1 to 4 PM each day
Cost:  $30.00*
*Couples/families may attend for $10 per additional person.

The book is available from 
Learn about how a GPS will add value to your TN River boating experience.  This is a fully updated class addressing the latest technology including smart phones, tablets(pad computers) and high-end color chart plotters.  Two, three–hour session’s cover how a GPS works, how to find your position and the position where you want to go, waypoint and route setup and use, practical navigation tips and purchase considerations. The course is interactive; the student works simple navigational problems using a chart (supplied) of a portion of the TN and Little TN Rivers while instructors lend a helping hand as needed. Students are encouraged to bring a portable GPS, however it is not possble to provide detailed instruction for every possible GPS model.  The course is based upon a generic GPS; a student is usually able to work the classroom problems using their own equipment which prepares them to take what they learn in class and immediately use it on their own boat.

(basic boating for women)
Date: See scheduled above
Location: Tellico Village Yacht Club
Time: 1 to 4 PM - Tellico Village
           6 to 9 PM - Kingston
Cost: $25.00

Your captain becomes incapacitated or falls overboard.
You’re the First Mate and find yourself suddenly in command. What can you do? Where are you? What are the priorities? Are you prepared?

This unique 3-hour boating seminar is designed exclusively for women who are not generally at the helm.  This class will help you to “be prepared” with practical knowledge skills to apply in case of an emergency.


Date: See scheduled above
Location: Tellico Village Yacht Club, top floor meeting room
Time: 1 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $20.00

Canoeists and kayakers are boaters also. Now, there is a  course available to address the unique needs of this audience. Paddlesports America is an exciting safety course designed to attract the novice to intermediate paddle enthusiasts. This four-hour course presents five chapters of safety information.
Topics include
Know Your Paddlecraft - parts of a canoe and kayak; understanding paddlecraft characteristics such as basic types, hull shapes hull materials, lengths and widths and weights; selecting your paddle for both canoe and kayak.
Before You Get Underway - knowing your paddlecraft’s capacity and how to file a float plan; transporting your paddlecraft; conducting a pre-departure check; dressing for a safe trip; loading gear in a canoe or kayak; storing paddle craft; the responsibilities when paddling with others.
Operating Your Boat Safely - how to enter and exit a canoe or kayak safely; securing the paddlecraft and sharing the waterways with others; the U. S. Aids to Navigation System (ATONS); learning about local hazards on waterways.
The Legal Requirements of Boating -vessel registration, hull identification numbers and who may operate a paddlecraft; unlawful operation of paddlecraft; Homeland Security restrictions; policies on alcohol and drugs. Life jackets; navigation lights; sound-producing devices and visual distress signals; protection of environment and what to do if in a boating accident. State specific information may be added at the end of this chapter.
Boating emergencies… What to Do - minimizing the risk of drowning, capsizing, swamping or falling overboard; emergency techniques; how to deal with cold water immersion and hypothermia; understanding heat related illness; dehydration; handling weather emergencies.


Date: Pending development
Location: Tellico Village Yacht Club, top floor meeting room
Time: TBD
Cost:  TBD
Because these boating activities are responsible for the majority of reportable boating safety incidents, these topics seem worthy of more focus and content. This is a more detailed and in-depth presentation on these topics that are covered only superficially in the ABS class. PWC and water skiing have many points in common with respect to safety and should mesh into a single presentation.
Topics Include:
Steering and stopping a PWC, as well as emphasizing courtesy during operation, which is especially important in a PWC.
Issues of visibility of other boats , which is a safety concern to bothe the PWC operators and other boaters. Behaviors such as jumping wakes and excessive noise will be stressed.
Environmental considerations come into play due to wakes in narrow streams and rivers.
The current PWC regulations for TN will be reviewed.
Safe water skiing requires an observer or large mirrors so the boat operator can maintain constant vigilance of the skiers. Courtesy and rules require that water sky operators be aware of other boaters and PWCs.

Boating Adventures on the
Tennessee River
Date: Under development - To be scheduled
Location: Tellico Village Yacht Club, top floor
Time: TBD
Cost:  TBD
*Couples/families who share course materials may attend for $10 per additional person.

Many boaters stay within relatively limited reaches of the river near their dock. This course is designed to introduce boaters to the idea of having a 1-day to overnight boating adventures cruises to “local” points-of-interest.

Topics include:
Researching “adventure” venues, plotting routes and scheduling stops (including marinas and restaurants).
Students will be taught to find resources for obtaining detailed information on itineraries, venues, boater resources and precautions in the first day, and will use the day between lectures to apply these sources to develop their own potential adventure cruise. Students will present their itinerary homework to the class for discussion and vetting of attractive venue and itinerary.
There will be optional student participation in a boating adventure using a venue and  developed by the students during class (and which may include locking-through dams).


Seasonal Cold Waters in the fall, winter or early spring Dates: See Above Schedule
Location: Tellico Village Yacht Club, top floor meeting room
Time: 1 to 4 PM
Cost: $25.00

This is an excellent class for any boater that wants to maximize their boating season with year round boating.    This is particularly important for that late Fall foliage tour or for outdoor sports enthusiasts including fishermen, duck and deer hunters, and trappers.   Public Safety personnel who are required to be on the water and available year round would also benefit from this unique cold water knowledge.

Boating in cold waters (typically) under 60 degrees requires special considerations and preparations. Boats are often smaller trailerable boats minimal wind protection and low freeboard. Many fishing boats are aluminum.  Positive floatation is important. Personal PFD flotation is even more important. Boat load capacity and gear storage are just some of the issues to be considered when boating in colder waters. Duck hunters, deer hunters and fishermen are often unaware of cold water limitations and dangers. This seminar has been developed to give cold water boaters the information they need to survive the unexpected.
Topics include:

Prepare your boat for cold water boating.

·     Know your capacity limitations.

·     Store your gear and distributing the load.

·     Prepare and take a survival kit

·     Understanding Hypothermia

·     Personal flotation

·     Cold water survival, reduce heat loss

·     Video - Cold water boot camp


1. Bill Fink - Auxiliary Instructor Bill Fink has enjoyed a lifelong passion for boats and activities on the water.   He joined the Auxiliary after a career in international management and has shared his interest in boats and boating though numerous training and classroom interactions.  He is a United States Merchant Marine 100Ton Master Captain and holds Coast Guard Coxswain ratings in both Tennessee River area and the Great Lakes of Michigan.   He is a Pilot, Open Water Diver, Swimmer, Sailor, Kayaker, and has an opinion on everything nautical.  Bill and wife Gerda moved to Tellico Village after spending two years living and cruising the United States aboard their trawler.

2. Edmund H. Smith, Jr. has a GPS background that spans more than two decades. Ten years ago, Ed co-authored a textbook on marine electronic navigation. That textbook was been used by the United States Power and Sail Squadrons (USPS) as part of their member education program. He is an experienced recreational boating lecturer having given numerous presentations over the years to yacht clubs, civic associations, boating clubs, USPS and the USCG Auxiliary. Ed is known for his ability to describe complex subjects such that a non-technical person can understand and apply what he is teaching. He has owned a number of boats, both power and sail, on which he has done extensive personal cruising, is a USCG Auxiliary Coxswain (patrol boat commander), has qualified as a USPS Senior Navigator and has held a USCG Merchant Marine Captain’s License.

3.  Pat Rule - Pat Rule is an avid boater.   She and her husband Bill Barkley joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary to participate in the on the water training the Auxiliary offered. When they joined, Pat was a new wife with minimal boating experience who had recently married a life-long boater. She earned her coxswain 2 years after joining the Auxiliary and has since trained many auxiliary coxswain and crew candidates for the last 13 years. Pat also enjoys sharing her love of boating as a master instructor in the Auxiliary’s public education programs. She has been an active participant in helping to form and train the new Auxiliary Flotilla on Norris Lake.

She started out as someone who was afraid to drive the boat and knew nothing about how they worked.  She has logged many thousands of hours on boats. Her experience includes several vacations with friends and family bare boating in the Virgin Islands, Belize, Abaco- Bahamas, and the Florida Keys. She enjoys boating on the inland waterways. Past trips include parts of the Ohio River, most of the Cumberland River. Her favorite river is the Tennessee River and she has logged at least 6 trips to Kentucky Lake and back (yes she can lock thru as captain or as crew) and many other trips down stream.  Her latest trip was as a participant in the Tennessee River 600. (Jet Ski charity event/ vacation that runs the Tennessee river from MM 648 to MM 67 over 7 days.) Her personal boating goals include doing the “Great Loop”, taking “their” boat to the Bahamas, and enjoying weekends at anchor with friends in Tennessee. However she feels her biggest accomplishment in boating is that she can confidently handle her own boat, single handed.

4. William White has been an avid boater since the age of 12.  After graduating from college he joined the U.S. Coast Guard where he became a qualified boat coxswain at Station Pt. Allerton in Hull, Ma.  After his Coast Guard term Bill later joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1993 along with his wife Linda.
His Coast Guard Auxiliary experience started on Cape Cod, MA. Bill became a Flotilla Commander, classroom instructor, vessel examiner, program visitor, and boat crew member while on the Cape.  Bill also worked with the Coast Guard Woods Hole Station learning to be a crew member on the 41 and 47 foot UTB and MLB boats.
In 2004 Linda and Bill moved to the Ft. Myers, Fl. area and worked with the crew of the Fort Myers Beach Coast Guard Station.  Bill was very active as a radio watch stander for the station during his 6 years at Ft. Myers.  Bill and members of his local flotilla worked with local fire, police, and wildlife officers to provide additional training in emergency preparedness.
Linda and Bill moved to Harriman, TN during 2010 and are both active in public education for the Harriman and Tellico TN. Area.