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America's Boating Course

America's Boating Course

Materials Fee: $35.00
Dates: Wednesdays, February 15 through March 15, 2023
Time: 7:00 to 9:00
Location: Bayport Marina Clubhouse (200 5th Ave So, Bayport) or Online via your computer


Become a safer, more confident boater!

America’s Boating Course is the most comprehensive, single source, in-person boating course available to provide both new and experienced boaters the skills needed to safely enjoy time on the water.  Topics include: rules of the road; required safety equipment; navigation aids, lights and sounds; anchoring; communications; adverse conditions; water sports and personal watercraft safety; trailering; local and federal laws; and  knots & lines. This course is perfect if you are a new boat owner or just want to freshen up your knowledge.  Local information,  discussion with other boaters, and ample time for questions expand on the course curriculum to broaden students' boating knowledge.

This course is recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard and approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.  It meets all Minnesota and Wisconsin requirements for obtaining boating license and operator certification.  Instructors are NASBLA-certified and members of the local St. Paul Sail and Power Squadron.

This course is considered the first step in joining America's Boating Club.  If you know of people considering membership, please refer them to this course, and this website.

America's Boating Course

America's Boating Course

Materials Fee: TBD
Dates: TBD
Location: TBD

If you are interested in an exciting, in-depth boating safety course, check out America's Boating Course. You can take this course as a classroom course (find a local course here) or as an interactive, PC-based home study course for people whose schedule and obligations would make it difficult to attend a classroom 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.

Learn the fundamentals of safe boat handling and operation plus basic piloting in this comprehensive classroom course. This newly-revised course will give you the basics of line throwing, knot tying, boat handling, anchoring, navigation rules and aids, emergencies on the water, and more. Instructors have many years of boating experience shared between inland waters.

This course is recommended because of its detailed course study. With successful completion of our ABC course, you receive a certificate of safe boating from the State.

Topics include:

  • Required Safety Equipment
  • Navigation Rules & Aids
  • Finding Your Way
  • Marlinspike (knots!)
  • State Vessel Registration & Regulations
  • Trailering
  • Anchoring
  • Communications Afloat
  • Lights and Sound signals

Contact wkoplitz@aol.com to register for this class.