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America's Boating Course 3rd Edition®
Learning to boat safely is important and increased knowledge will enhance your safety on the
water and your enjoyment of the sport.
"America's Boating Course 3rd Edition"® is designed to be useful to all boaters, from the
fisherman in an outboard to the skipper of a large cruiser or sailboat. All boaters are subject to
nautical rules and regulations. Skippers should learn and respect traditional boating courtesies.
This course covers the basics of boat handling, PWCs, required equipment, navigation aids and
rules, and dealing with emergencies. "The Squadron Boating Course"® will also provide
instruction and examination for laws and regulations of the State of Florida. This course meets
the educational standards of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and
features a proctored examination as required by many states and insurance companies.
These basics are helpful for coastal and inland waters and could prove beneficial in adverse
weather conditions. Students are encouraged to use "The Squadron Boating Course"® as a safe
boating introduction and continue their learning.
The course is a total of 8 hours spread over two days. Topics include the following:
Getting Started, Rules to Live By, Boat Types, Aids to Navigation, Boat Handling, Navigation
Rules, Water Sport Safety, Steering & Sailing Rules, Personal Watercraft, Adverse Conditions &
Emergencies, Trailering, Marine Radiotelephone, What's Needed, Required & Recommended
Equipment Review, Boat Registration, USCG Boating Safety Standards, Law Enforcement,
Responsibilities and Florida Boating Laws.
Classes are held in the Squadron's classroom on San Carlos Boulevard. Advance reservations
are required and space is limited. Cost of the class is $60.00, if a couple wishes to share
materials the cost is $90.00 which includes the Course Book, pamphlets on federal
requirements,trailering, aids to navigation and more. Please call the Squadron at (239) 466-4040
for reservations or additional information. Click on Class Schedule for dates and times.
NOTE: This class is required in order to operate a boat in Florida
if you were born after January 1, 1988.
United States Power Squadrons®
San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron