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Boating requires detailed knowledge and practical application of systems, navigation, boating regulations and weather to realize the full and uneventful enjoyment of each.  When at the helm,, operators must be aware of where (and when) they can and cannot operate.  Sage advice is:  “If You Don’t Know . . .Don’t Go”!!

The following sources provide information for mariners with emphasison boating courses leading to a Safe Boating certificate and/or Captain’s License.  Insurance premium credits are offered by many insurance companies upon successful completion. 

US Coast Guard Auxiliary
US Power Squadron

Regional classes are provided after Labor Day and continue through the winter months.  In addition, many state agencies offer safe boating course information with options for on-line (internet) courses.

The courses offered by those agencies listed above provide classes beginning sometime after Labor Day and continue through the winter months.   Your cost is limited to study materials (approximately $20).  The classes are held in different locations and are taught by representatives of those agencies.


BoatSafe (Internet On-Line)

This is an On-Line Safe Boating Course.  Certificate is issued after successfully completing course exam.


Offers US Coast Guard approved classroom & onboard training for new boat owners, boat owners upgrading in size and/or a Captain’s License. Theoretical and practical application in marine electronics to include GPS, Chart Plotter & radar.  All training is provided by licensed Captains. Certificate(s) issued after completing course exam.

Chapman's School Of Seamanship
Chapman’s offers correspondence courses, classroom and on-board training up to and including ASA certification.  Their ‘Professional Mariner’ program trains individuals in seamanship, navigation, boat & engine maintenance leading to USCG certification as a licensed Captain.
State Boating Regulations

(Source for all state(s) boating requirements)
Vessel Safety Checklist

This checklist is used by USCG upon boarding boats during their
onboard inspection (of your) boat.  Recommend use by each boat owner at the beginning of boating season.