Which Knots Should I Learn For

Coast Guard Boot Camp?

Which Knots

Should I Learn

For

Coast Guard

Boot Camp?

Coast Guard Basic Training Knot Tying

Coast Guard

Basic Training

Knot Tying

The 5 Knots You Need To Know For USCG Basic Training

The 5 Knots

You Need To Know

For USCG Basic Training

At some point during Coast Guard Basic Training, you will have a class on knot tying and you will need to test out of the class by actually tying the knots they will teach you in real life. In other words, the knot tying class in Coast Guard Boot Camp is very hands-on. It’s not just reading a few pages in a book and taking a multiple choice quiz.


This makes sense because it’s meant to give you an initial foundation in knot tying. For many recruits, it may even be their first time tying knots of this type and learning the corresponding names of each knot. Later on, when in the fleet, this knowledge will be built upon, and depending on the rate (job), it may be used fairly often.


Below you’ll find the 5 basic knots you will need to know for Coast Guard Boot Camp.


I won’t pretend to be a knot tying expert though. I will include a brief description of why each knot is used and then I’ll add a link to an excellent resource that goes into much more detail, including how to tie the various knots.

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Survive Coast Guard Boot Camp | Which Knots Should I Learn For Coast Guard Boot Camp | Square Knot

Square Knot

A square knot is used to connect two lines that are the same size and made of the same material. 


Learn More: Square Knot Tutorial


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Bowline

A bowline knot has many uses. These include putting a temporary eye in a line, fastening a mooring line to a ring or post, or joining two ropes together.


Learn More: Bowline Knot Tutorial


Clove Hitch

A clove hitch knot is generally used to temporarily tie a single line to a piling or railing. It is not considered to be the most secure of knots so caution must be applied when deciding when to use it.


Learn More: Clove Hitch Knot Tutorial


Survive Coast Guard Boot Camp | Which Knots Should I Learn For Coast Guard Boot Camp | Slip Clove Hitch Knot

Slip Clove Hitch

A slip clove hitch is a clove hitch with a slight variation, in that it includes a quick release mechanism that you can tug on to undo the knot.


Learn More: Slip Clove Hitch Knot Tutorial


Double Sheet Bend

A double sheet bend knot is used to connect two lines that are not the same size. This knot is also sometimes called a double becket bend.


Learn More: Double Sheet Bend Knot Tutorial


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Please note that although I’ve done my best to provide the most accurate answer possible to this question, I cannot fully guarantee its accuracy because at any given moment, some aspect of Coast Guard Boot Camp or the Coast Guard in general could change. For this reason, please remember that the most up-to-date, accurate information will come from a Coast Guard recruiter and / or other official USCG personnel. Always listen to what they have to say over what you find on any website, including this one.

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