Boating Safety Courses

No matter what type of boater you are, or what age, there are a variety of boating safety courses for you! Qualified volunteer organizations, such as the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron and others sponsor many courses, and many state boating agencies also provide classes.

If you are looking for boating safety, boat handling or even need a refresher in weather reading, there is a class for you.  The basic courses generally have from 6 to 13 lessons to provide a foundation of operational and safety instruction.

Here are a list of some of the boating safety courses available:

BoatU.S. Foundation
The Courseline is a searchable database of current boating safety courses around the nation.

Offers online boating safety courses with online certification tests for a number of states.
Offers online boating safety courses with online certification tests for a number of states.

Commander Bob
Offers resources on boating education.

Offers a sailing course meeting the American National Standard (ANS), EDU-3 skills-based sailboat standard.

Safe Boating America
Safe Boating America classes meet the State Educational Requirements for operating a Boat or PWC and also meet the requirements for a Youth Operator.

State Courses
Many states offer boating safety courses. The National Association of State Boating Boating Law Administrators’ online Directory provides contact information for state boating agencies.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Local flotillas offer a variety of safety classes, including basic/introductory boating courses and safety courses, navigation, sailing and personal watercraft safety, among others.

U.S. Sailing
Programs offer instruction in small and large sailboats, windsurfers, and powerboats. All levels of instruction are available around the country for beginner to advanced skills. Information on courses and instruction is available on the web.

United States Power Squadron
“America’s Boating Course 3rd Edition” the most comprehensive boating safety
course available. It includes a course book, a narrated student CD and a
digital charting DVD. ABC 3 is available as a classroom, home study or
online course.

American Canoe Association
Comprehensive resource to find skills courses, assessments, and instructor certification courses for kayak, canoe, raft, safety & rescue, and adaptive paddling.

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