America's Boating Course

Online boater safety course and license test

No matter how much experience you have with boating, it is important to have the knowledge needed to keep your passengers, yourself and your boat safe.

Get your state boating card and learn the skills you need to be safe while boating. Take the finest National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved online boating safety course available, followed by a boating license test for boating certification*. By enrolling in the America's Boating Course you will learn navigation rules, water sports safety and other valuable boater safety skills.

Once enrolled, you will receive:

  • Access to America's Boating Course online course
  • A comprehensive 244 page full-color course book
  • An animated, narrated home-study boating safety course CD
  • A digital charting DVD with software and all United States charts
  • A 6-month membership in the US Power Squadrons
  • A proctored exam given by a local squadron

Learn the basics of boating at your own pace, at home or away, from America's Boating Course which is recognized by the U. S. Coast Guard.

Special Introductory Price: $39.95

*Note, not all jurisdictions accept online courses.

Partner in Command

An essential intro to boating for every crew member

Are you a regular passenger on your family or friend's boat? Looking to join your spouse on boating adventures? Learn essential skills and information needed to assist in the safe operation of the boat. Become a confident and valued crew member!

Register for the Partner in Command course, which includes:

  • An introduction to boating
  • Understanding anchoring, docking, navigation and much more
  • Preparing for bad weather, first aid and on-board emergencies
  • A fully interactive online learning experience
  • A comprehensive seminar that can be completed in 2-4 hours

Be a self-assured first mate and on-board expert.

New Price: $24.95; Members get a 20% discount!

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Boating On Rivers, Locks and Lakes

Navigating inland waterways and locks with confidence

Boating on our major inland waterways may sometimes be a daunting experience for even the most experienced recreational boater. It is often necessary to navigate through locks and near larger commercial vessels. Rivers can be fickle and it can be difficult to tell where the safe water is for your boat. Learn the boating skills you need to boat inland waters with confidence.

With this online seminar, you will learn how to:

  • Use the procedures needed to lock through
  • Navigate rivers and inland lakes safely
  • "Read the river" and be able to identify unsafe waters
  • Plan your river trip
  • Boat near large commercial vessels safely

Enjoy inland waterways and increase your fun on the water!

New Price: $24.95; Members get a 20% discount!

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Weather for Boaters

A boater's guide to forecasting, winds and storms

Learn how to recognize early signs of changing weather and how to anticipate storms, squalls, fog, and wind shifts. You can check the forecast before you leave, but it might be hours old and doesn't necessarily reflect the conditions in your area. Familiarize yourself with basic weather elements to understand how they will affect your boating experience and much more. Weather makes the difference between a great day and a lousy day on the water. This seminar will teach you to recognize and prepare for weather coming your way.

Head out with confidence.

  • Be prepared when the actual weather does not agree with the official forecast
  • Recognize early signs of approaching weather
  • Anticipate storms and lightning
  • Interpret approaching cloud formations
  • Use a weather map
  • Understand weather elements like air masses, fronts, and winds
  • Understand how to use a barometer and other forecasting tools

New Price: $24.95; Members get a 20% discount!

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Hurricane Preparation for Boaters

Protect your boat from the next big one: storms, floods and wind

Are you ready to face a hurricane? Hurricanes bring extreme weather conditions that can damage or destroy your boat. This seminar will teach you ways to protect your boat from the ravages of wind, waves, torrential rain, tidal surges and high water. It will focus on developing a plan to protect your boat from the onslaught of a hurricane.

USCG Photo of Battered Marina and Boats

With this online seminar, you will learn how to:

  • Create a hurricane plan for your boat
  • Evaluate the storm protection provided by your marina or storage area
  • Determine if, when and how you should move your boat before a hurricane
  • Take the steps needed before a hurricane approaches
  • Secure your boat for hurricane conditions

Prepare early and put your mind at ease.

Price: $24.95; Members get a 20% discount!


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Classroom sessions

The United States Power Squadron offers a full range of advanced courses and seminars in a traditional classroom setting at a squadron near you. Find the course or seminar you want.


On-the-water training

Get hands-on, on-the-water training on how to handle a boat from a local Power Squadron near you. Many of the more than 400 local Power Squadrons (clubs) across the US that make up the United States Power Squadrons now offer this training.

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Using VHF/DSC Marine Radio Seminar
GPS Seminar

Narrated traditional USPS courses and seminars are available online via the University of West Florida