1.2 Terminology


What Will We Learn in this Section


  • Familiarity with the vocabulary of boating
  • An introduction to the basic concepts of boating


All boat operators need to be able to speak the same language about the safe day-to-day operation of a vessel. This ensures consistency in terminology, can save time in an emergency situation and helps avoid miscommunication. If you practice and use this terminology, your passengers will also learn and be able to respond to instructions quickly.


In the event of an emergency, quick and correct action

may be crucial to the safety of both passengers and the vessel.