Boating Education

From the United States Sail and Power Squadrons

America's Boating Course

If you are interested in an exciting, in-depth boating safety course, check out. America's Boating Course.

Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete America's Boating Course.And, this beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states.

America's Boating Course. can be taken in any of three ways: on the Internet, by studying a 244-page course manual, or with a CD. No matter how you like to learn, when you sign up you'll receive a complete package that includes the course manual, the boating course CD, and a PIN number giving you access to the Internet course.

This boat safety course is fun and very thorough.

Read more about the boat course contents and how to enroll!

The USPS Seamanship Online Course (Open Enrolment)

Building on the basics of recreational boating presented in the public boating courses, Seamanship adds foundational information for continuing boater education. The course contents should facilitate knowledge development for increased safe operation of recreational boats and provide the basis for completion of USCG licensing examination. Emphasis within the course has been placed on higher level boating skills, rules of the road, and marlinspike. This course lasts approximately 8 weeks or 24 hoursof class time. If you wish to become a USPS Member, call 1-888-367-8777, ext. 229.

More information online at: UWF Maritime Education Web Site
Starting August 3, 2009 for 8 weeks (New lessons are released At your own pace)

Cost: $85.00

Instructor: United States Power Squadron

BoatUS Foundation Courseline

Boating education is a critical part of responsible boating. Since 1984, the BoatUS Foundation has been providing the Courseline as a free service to boaters, supplying information on boating safety courses offered around the nation via our website. Simply enter your zip code or select your state and city on our search page to search available courses in your area.

Find a Course in Your Area

Most of the courses in our database are instructed by volunteers. In some cases, a nominal fee may be collected to cover materials. Additionally, there are courses offered by participating state agencies and private course providers. To find out more about courses offered, look in Course Descriptions.

You can also contact an instructor in your area to get information on arranging a Vessel Safety Check through the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the U.S. Power Squadrons!

If you'd prefer to take a boating safety course in the comfort of your own home or office, try out the Foundation's Free Online Boating Safety Course. The course is not available in all states, so check the registration page for availability.