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Boating Courses

Boating education is crucial for safety on the water. Many states in the U.S. have mandatory boat operator licensing for younger boaters, and there is a growing movement to expand that to all boaters. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary recently passed a resolution urging state legislatures to require mandatory boating safety education, regardless of age.

There are many safe boating courses offered throughout the country. Organizations such as the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the U.S. Power Squadron sponsor many courses which satisfy requirements for State certification where required. Visit their websites to find a boating course near you. Boatwise offers NASBLA, MA and USCG approved Safe Boating Classes. The Massachusetts Environmental Police also maintain a course schedule.

NASBLA (the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators) sets standards which serve as a guide for state, non-profit and commercial providers to follow in developing boating education materials.

Here are some online courses which are NASBLA approved and are recognized in many states:

Boat U.S. Foundation Online Boating Safety Course - Our free, interactive, non-proctored course and exam has been approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and is recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as exceeding the minimum requirements for the National Recreational Boating Safety Program.

Boat Ed Boating Safety Courses - All of Boat Ed's state-specific boating safety courses are approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and recognized by the United States Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety

Boat Massachusetts - Boat Massachusetts is a recognized safety course that meets the National Boating Education Standards and is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. - A leading provider of safe boater education and certification across the United States and Canada. Our online boating safety course allows boaters to meet mandatory education requirements and to obtain their official boater education card or boating license online.

America's Boating Club - America's Boating Club® is a registered trademark of United States Power Squadrons®, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to boating safety and education. Members are boating families who boat together, learn together, and contribute to their communities by promoting safe boating through education. United States Power Squadrons has over 24,000 members organized into more than 350 squadrons across the country.

U.S. Powerboating - U.S. Powerboating, an affiliate of U.S. Sailing, offers the nation's best and most comprehensive on-the-water training and education courses for recreational boaters. Our hands-on courses are taught by Certified Powerboat Instructors who empower students with the skills and confidence they need to get more out of their boating experience and become safer powerboat operators. US Powerboating's courses are offered through approved schools, community programs, clubs, and marinas.

Sailing Courses

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 their website.

Most yacht clubs also offer boating or sailing courses for juniors and adults. For a list of yacht clubs worldwide, click here.

NauticEd Sailing Courses - Over a dozen multimedia online and mobile device sailing courses for complete beginners through advanced training. All surpassing international standards.

U.S. Coast Guard License Training

Boatwise offers US Coast Guard approved Captain's license courses. For information on U.S. Coast Guard License requirements click here.



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