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Boating Safety Education

Become a better, safer boater. Find a course near you!

Don't Reck your summer like he did mine.U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boating courses provide instruction to boaters at all levels, from the fundamental to the advanced. Our classes are taught by experienced and knowledgeable instructors committed to the highest standards of the U.S. Coast Guard.

The links below provide short descriptions of each course.

Find a Boating Course Near You!

For further information about upcoming courses near you, please visit our Public Education Zip Code Course Finder!


Abbreviation

Course

Length

Audience

ABS About Boating Safely 8 hours All boaters
SS&S Sailing Skills & Seamanship 8 to 13 lessons Sailors
WN Weekend Navigator 8 to 13 lessons All Boaters
BS&S Boating Skills and Seamanship 8 to 13 lessons Power Boaters
GPSFM Navigating with GPS 3 hours All boaters
HRNC How To Read a Nautical Chart 3 hours All Boaters
SIC Suddenly In Command 4 hours All Boaters
PSA Paddlesports America 4 hours All boaters
PWC Personal Watercraft Course 1 hour All boaters
WP Waypoints 1 to 3 hours 10-12 year olds
B&F Boating Fun 1 hour 4-9 year olds
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