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Question 1 of 10

Which picture represents the stern?

Question 2 of 10

Which picture represents the masthead light ?

Question 3 of 10

What is affixed to a boat, attached to the transom on the starboard side above the waterline, to prove that it was built in accordance with the construction requirements?

The HIN (Hull Identification Number)

The certificate of ownership

The capacity plate

The registration

Question 4 of 10

Which is the proper route that the boat must take?

Question 5 of 10

Which illustration represents an information buoy among the following?

Question 6 of 10

Which illustration represents an exclusion buoy among the following?

Question 7 of 10

A power-driven vessel shall keep out of the way of a sailing vessel.



Question 8 of 10

When a boat capsizes or is submerged, should you stay with the boat or try to reach the shore as quickly as possible?

Question 9 of 10

Which picture represents the starboard side ?

Question 10 of 10

To who should you leave a float plan before getting underway?


The local police

A responsible person

The sheriff's office

Question 1 of 10

Which picture is the graphical representation of a body of water that provides information on depths, traffic lanes and buoys.

Question 2 of 10

You may use a PFD that is torn as long as it was well repaired by an approved manufacturer.





Question 3 of 10

Which of the four types of pyrotechnic devices must be used only in daylight?

Question 4 of 10

What type of boat uses yellow lights as navigation light?

Question 5 of 10

What should we be prepared to show immediately to avoid a collision while navigating at night in a canoe or kayak?

Question 6 of 10

What item is not displayed on a capacity plate?

The maximum carrying weight

The boat's top speed

The maximum persons capacity

The maximum horsepower recommended

Question 7 of 10

Which buoy marks an area where boating is restricted? 

Question 8 of 10

What type of propulsion PWC are usually equipped with?



Inboard engines

Outboard engines

Stern drive

Jet drives

Question 9 of 10

The following symptoms are related to which condition: slow pulse, confusion, drowsiness, lack of coordination?


Heat stroke


Carbon monoxide poisoning

Question 10 of 10

Which image demonstrates the best practices to have when a diving operation takes place from aboard a pleasure craft?

Question 1 of 10

What is this buoy called?

Starboard buoy


Isolated danger buoy

Port buoy

Bifurcation buoy

Starboard buoy

Question 2 of 10

Which type of anchor has less holding power and should only be used on small, lighter weight boats?

Question 3 of 10

Which factors must be taken into account in determining a safe speed?

Restricted visibility


Conditions of visibility and traffic density

The draft in relation to the available depth of water and the manoeuvrability of the vessel

Conditions of wind, sea and current, and the proximity of navigational hazards

All of the above

Question 4 of 10

What class of fire extinguisher will extinguish flammable liquids such as gasoline?

Engine on fire


Class A

Class B

Class C

Class D

Question 5 of 10

What does this image represent?



An HIN (Hull Serial Number)

A proof of registration

A compliance notice

A validation decal

Question 6 of 10

For navigation lights requirements, sailing vessels less than 7 meters may carry an electric torch or lighted lantern showing a white light to be displayed in sufficient time to prevent collision.





Question 7 of 10

What are the markers in the following image called?

Junction marker


Junction markers

Alignment markers


Safe water markers

Question 8 of 10

It is important to keep metal and/or electrical devices at a distance from the magnetic compass because it could display inaccurate information.

Magnetic compass




Question 9 of 10

Which of the following statements is incorrect regarding carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning?

Carbone monoxide can build up when two vessels are tied to each other.

Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when you breathe too much carbon monoxide and it begins to replace the oxygen in your blood

It is important to run the engine at idle only in well ventilated areas in order to protect yourself and others from carbon monoxide poisoning

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are: hot, red and dry skin, rapid pulse, rapid and shallow breathing.

Question 10 of 10

What is the main purpose of a bucket on a pleasure craft?



Extinguish fires from combustible liquids such as gasoline, oil and grease

Extinguish fires from electrical equipment

To put the fish in

Extinguish A type fires

Question 1 of 10

Which of the following does not represent a distress signal?

Question 2 of 10

Regulations on speed limits on water are the same wherever you are in United States.

Control buoy




Question 3 of 10

Which statement is incorrect regarding the registration number?

The registration number must be display on the back of your vessel.

It is a combination of letters and numbers normally beginning with the abbreviation of the State in which the boat is registered.

It must be painted or apply as a decal with block style letters and numbers of at least 3 inches in height.

The color used for the letters and numbers must contrast with the hull.

Question 4 of 10

As a general rule, recreational boaters should put out 7 to 10 times the depth of the water plus the distance from the water to where the anchor will attach to the bow. 

Boat anchoring




Question 5 of 10

Which illustration represents a mooring buoy among the following?

Question 6 of 10

Which of the following statements is incorrect regarding the hull identification number (HIN)?

Hull Identification Number


It is forbidden to alter, deface or remove a HIN.

It is not mandatory to have a HIN on your boat.

The HIN must be permanently attached to the transom on the starboard side above the waterline.

The HIN is 12 digits long, beginning with the Manufacturer’s Identification Code.

Question 7 of 10

What is this part of the boat called?







Question 8 of 10

What is this navigation light called?

Stern light




One-way rear light

Masthead light

Question 9 of 10

What is the purpose of this buoy?

Diving buoy


To delimit a swimming area.

To warn of the presence of divers.

To locate a local hazard.

To anchor where the water is too deep for an anchor.

Question 10 of 10

What is this buoy called?

Control buoy


Information buoy

Cautionary buoy

Control buoy

Hazard buoy

Question 1 of 10

When operating in a narrow channel, the navigation rules tell you to stay as much as possible in the middle of the channel.



Question 2 of 10

What is this flare called?

Parachute flares


Pyrotechnic red flares, hand-held or aerial

Pyrotechnic orange smoke, hand-held or floating

Launchers for aerial red meteors

Parachute flares

Question 3 of 10

Which of the following vessels is not a human-powered pleasure craft?

Question 4 of 10

What is the name of this anchor?

Mushroom anchor


Grapnel anchor

Plough anchor

Mushroom anchor

Danforth anchor

Question 5 of 10

Which of the following vessels is a human-powered pleasure craft?

Question 6 of 10

What is this navigation light called?

Port sidelight


Port sidelight



Starboard sidelight

Question 7 of 10

What type of boat uses a blue light as navigation light?

Question 8 of 10

Which type of hull has a sharper entry into the water that provides for a smoother ride in rough water?

Question 9 of 10

When riding on a PWC, you can wear an inflatable PFD.

Inflatable vest




Question 10 of 10

What type of engine small boats are usually powered by?

Power-driven vessel


Inboard engines

Outboard engines

Stern drive

Jet drives

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