Test Yourself: Boating Skills & Seamanship

Could you pass the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Boating Skills and Seamanship (BS&S) course? In honor of National Safe Boating Week (May 20-26, 2017), we’ll be posting questions from the official course textbook over the next couple of weeks. Whether you’re a seasoned boater or just getting your sea legs, we challenge you to test yourself!

*Questions are randomly selected from different chapters of the textbook, Boating Skills and Seamanship.


When underway, every vessel must proceed at a safe speed and maintain a 

A. proper lookout

B. constant engine watch

C. straight course

D. all of the above


The best thing you can do to ward off hypothermia if you find yourself in cold water is

A. start swimming to shore

B. keep moving

C. assume the HELP position

D. eat a good meal before you go


If you travel at a speed of 12 knots for 10 minutes, you will have gone how far?

A. 2.0 miles

B. 2.0 nautical miles

C. 3.0 miles

D. 3.0 nautical miles

⇒ Click here for answers.