America’s Boating Course 3rd Edition

April 11, 2020 8:15 am

8:15 AM - 12:30 PM

San Carlos Bay Sail and Power Squadron
16048 San Carlos Boulevard Fort Myers, FL 33908

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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. Lunch is included after the second session.

​Class schedule


Check in for Saturday Classes begins at 8:15am
Class begins promptly at 8:30am

Saturday, December 7, 2019 ABC part one
Saturday, December 14, 2019 ABC part two and exam

Saturday, January 11, 2020 ABC part one
Saturday, January 18, 2020 ABC part two and exam

Saturday, February 1, 2020 ABC part one
Saturday, February 8, 2020 ABC part two and exam

Saturday, March 7, 2020 ABC part one
Saturday, March 14, 2020 ABC part two and exam

Saturday, April 4, 2020 ABC part one
Saturday, April 11, 2020 ABC part two and exam

Note: Course dates subject to change

To register call 239-466-4040

This event runs from December 7, 2019 8:15 am to April 11, 2020 8:15 am.

Upcoming Dates:
  • April 11, 2020 | 8:15 AM - 12:30 PM