America’s Boating Course Offered by the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron

March 12, 2018 Daily Update

America’s Boating Club, locally the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron, a boating organization dedicated to Boating Safety and Boater Education, that serves South Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Springs and Estero will be offering the official “America’s Boating Course”.  

This is a two-part class beginning Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 8:15AM to 12:30 p.m. This course is recognized by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. The State of Florida recently passed legislation requiring ANYONE born after January 1, 1988 to have passed a safe boating course and obtain a Boating Safety Education ID card, which is valid for life, in order to operate a boat with more than 10 HP. Each student will receive a card/certificate from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission upon completion of the class.

The course consists of two sessions on consecutive Saturdays. The second session will be on Saturday, April 14, 2018 also from 8:15am to 12:30pm.    

Topics covered include hull design, docking, anchoring, handling boating emergencies, reading channel markers, “rules of the road” on the water and many other topics to make each boating experience safer and more enjoyable.

Successful completion of this course entitles the boater to six months FREE membership in the United States Power Squadrons with the purchase of a 12 month membership (18 months total).  In addition, students who join the squadron will also be eligible for a free 3 hour On The Water training session.

The cost of the course is $60.00 with a $30.00 cost for a second person sharing the instruction materials. The cost includes lunch after the second Saturday class.  

The course is being taught at the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron Classroom located at 16048 San Carlos Blvd. at the corner of Kelly Road (across from ACE Hardware).                                                                  

Students can register online at or call the squadron office 239-466-4040 and leave a message.