Boating Safety Courses

"ABC Courses"- Required for new NC law!
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The America's Boating Course© is a course for anyone interested in boating and boating safety and especially active boaters (the personal watercraft operator, the hunter or fisherman operating an outboard utility boat; the skipper of a family cruiser; the sailing enthusiasts). All boaters must follow the same nautical rules, regulations, and courtesies of the sea. As boating is often a family activity, the course is of value to all members of a boating family.

 

Qualified, enthusiastic, and experienced USPS instructors provide instructions as a community and civic service. There is no charge for instruction; the only costs are those for materials and overhead costs. Content of this student manual serves as a basis for this course and it will also be an excellent reference book in basic boating long after the course work is completed.


North Carolina Mandatory Boater Education Law

Proof of birth before January 1, 1988 is necessary to operate a vessel with 10 horsepower or greater

on the waters of NC unless the operator has met the requirements for boater safety education or is otherwise qualified within the NC statute (ref. NC G.S. § 75A-16.2.)  This Law is complex. Please read for more information.

To satisfy this requirement, the Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron offers a one day boating safety class that is NASBLA (National Association of State Boating Law Administrators) approved.
Our class is called “America’s Boating Course”.

Upon passing the course, you receive a Certificate of Graduation and a photo wallet card to show law enforcement that you are in compliance.
 


 Our ABC course meets educational standards for the National Associations of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and features a proctored examination as required by many states and insurance companies. Teenagers 14* to 16 can obtain a PWC certificate and adults the NC boating certificate by completing the course and satisfactorily passing the exam. This certificate is required for any adult BORN AFTER JANUARY 1, 1988 to operate a vessel of 10 horsepower or greater in NC unless otherwise qualified,

 

A more educated boater more likely will be a safe boater. A boating safety course is the beginning of a boating education. We encourage students to follow this basic course with additional boating education such as courses offered by the Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron for its members. Instructors will provide information about advanced courses.

In addition to safety techniques, proper boat handling and technical information, the course will provide instruction and examination of the laws and regulations of North Carolina and local laws while boating on Lake Norman. Most insurance companies will provide a 10-15% discount upon passing this course.
 

If you are new to boating or are even thinking about it, either power or sail, the Boating Safety Course is for you. If you are an experienced boater but would like a review of basic boating skills and requirements and would like a text for ready reference, take this course. If you are age 14* but under 16 and want to operate a Personal Water Craft (PWC, jet ski) or operate any boat with a motor in North Carolina, you must take this course or the equivalent for certification !

*Important: Age minimum to operate PWC's in NC changes became effective 11/1/05.
Click Here to read new NC Statute.


This course covers many aspects of boating and boating safety. Some of the topics covered will include:
 
  • Boat Terms and Types

  • Boat Handling, Docking

  • Water Sports Safety

  • PWC Operation

  • Knots and Lines, Anchoring

  • Required Safety Equipment

  • State Boating Regulations

  • Local Boating Regulations

  • Navigation Aids & Rules

  • Emergencies

  • Marine VHF Radios

  • Light and Sound Signals


Pre-Registration Required
ABC Courses - Fee includes Box Lunch and America's Boating Course© Material !
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(If class is filled, no further reservations will be taken for that date. Please register now for the next available class!)
 

DATES DAY TIME LOCATION  (Click for Map)
29-Mar-2014
CLASS was FILLED !
Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Huntersville United Methodist Church
14005 Stumptown Rd. Huntersville, NC 28078
3-May-2014 Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Duke Energy Environmental Center
"Nuclear Station Road" off Hwy 73, Huntersville, NC
31-May-2014
Class has been FILLED !
 Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
28-Jun-2014 Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Mt. Zion United Methodist Church
19600 Zion Street, Cornelius, NC 28031
26-Jul-2014 Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Lake Norman Volunteer Fire Department
1518 Brawley School Rd, Mooresville, NC 28117
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A lunch break is scheduled, with a "Boater's Lunch" to be provided.
Space is limited  --  pre-registration is encouraged!

 
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For registration and questions please contact:
LNSPS
PO Box 4799, Mooresville, NC 28117
For additional Information: call Bob Yannacci, (516) 547-7737
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