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Each year hundreds of lives are lost... thousands are injured... and millions of dollars of property damage occurs because of preventable recreational boating accidents on U.S. waterways. Too often pleasure outings turn tragic. You - as a boat operator, passenger, or concerned individual - can make a difference.

US Boating Safety Courses

Many boating safety courses are offered throughout the country, for all types of recreational boaters, and for boaters of all ages. 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.

Courses cover many aspects of boating safety, from boat handling to reading the weather, and from a "Water 'N Kids" class to courses for boaters who want to learn electronic navigation skills. The most popular basic courses generally have from 6 to 13 lessons to provide a foundation of operational and safety instruction.

  • Nautic Ed - NauticEd is the World's Most Advanced Sailing Education and Sailing Certification Program providing sailing training from basics to advanced education through entertaining and interactive multimedia online sailing courses and an unparalleled network of global training centers.
  • ABC (America's Boating Course) Online - Take the course online at your leisure. Approved by NSBLA.
  • Boat US Foundation Safety Course (not accepted by all states - check local regulations).
  • Boater101 Course
  • US CoastGuard Boating Safety Courses
  • American Boat Operators' Course 
    Offers online boating safety courses with online certification tests for a number of states.
  • Boat/U.S. Foundation Courseline
    The Courseline is a searchable database of current boating safety courses around the nation.
  • BoatEd 
    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
  • Boatsafe
    Offers an online Basic Boating Certification Course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and a Coastal Navigation Course.
  • Commander Bob
    An award-winning website that advances boating education
  • PWC Safety School
    Offers online courses and certification for PWC operators in several states
  • 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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