Safe Boating Course


CHAPTER 6: On The Waterways

Welcome to Chapter 6

In this chapter, we’ll learn about the buoys and markers that help boaters navigate safely on the water. These navigation aids or “traffic signs” of the waterways provide direction and information, and also indicate dangerous or restricted areas on the water.

In the first half of the chapter, we’ll review some of the most important navigation aids, such as the red and green lateral markers used in the U.S. Aids to Navigation System. In the last half of the chapter, we’ll learn about docking and anchoring, as well as navigating locks.

By the end of this chapter, you should be familiar with:

  • Aids to navigation and what the various lateral and non-lateral markers mean;
  • The general guidelines for safe docking and mooring;
  • Common types of recreational anchors and the steps for properly anchoring your boat;
  • And how to safely navigate through a lock.