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The Navigation Rules are much like the rules of the road on the highway. They establish a consistent way to navigate safely to avoid a collision when two vessels are crossing paths, are in a meeting situation or when one boat is overtaking another.

The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (Colregs) are published by the USCG. COLREGs can also refer to the specific political line that divides inland waterways, which are subject to their own navigation rules, and coastal waterways, which are subject to international navigation rules. The COLREGs are derived from a multilateral treaty called the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.

Although rules for navigating vessels inland may differ, the international rules specify that they should be as closely in line with the international rules as possible. In the United States, the rules for vessels navigating inland are published alongside differ slightly from the international rules.

Sea School’s, two day, Rules of the Road Course is designed for the mariner who wishes to upgrade to a near coastal or ocean license.

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