Welcome to your home on the water 

Your DAN Boater membership entitles you to a special online membership offer from America’s Boating Club®, America’s premier boating education organization.

If you’re new to boating, we can help you get boat operator certification that’s valid in most states.
Most importantly, we can teach you to how to dock without mishap, anchor safely and boat like a pro.

Experienced boaters looking to build their boating skills can take in-depth courses on weather forecasting, marine electronics, radar, engine maintenance, celestial navigation and much more.


Exclusive benefits for DAN Boater members 

For only $60 a year for an individual and $90 for an entire family, your special America’s Boating Club + DAN Boater membership also includes:

  • Two FREE online boating courses: Weather for Boaters and Cruise Planning
  • 25% discount on all America’s Boating Club online courses
  • Free subscription to the quarterly The Ensign magazine
  • Member pricing on all classroom courses
  • Additional discounts* on marine insurance from the America’s Boating Club Insurance Program

*Discounts up to 38% depending on educational level 

Learn online, in-person and on-the-water 

Our premier basic boater course, America’s Boating Course, provides a solid foundation for boating success. When coupled with a state boating test, it can prepare you to get a state boating card. Available online and in-person, it’s also available in Spanish.

If you’ve got two hours, you can complete one of our 10 interactive online seminars on topics such as All About Marine Radio and How to Use GPS.

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned boater, our in-depth boating courses and seminars will take your skills to the next level. Courses cover subjects ranging from basic boat handling to celestial navigation.

America’s Boating Club Learning Centers offer hands-on powerboat training for new and experienced boaters. You'll get personal coaching from certified instructors. Our instructors combine classroom training with hands-on small-group practice to get you on the water, safer and faster.

Join a local club and get even more

Explore membership beyond boating when you become a member of one of our more than 300 local boating clubs. As a club member, you're connected to a community of experienced, welcoming boaters, who are dedicated to making our waters safer for all.

Besides having lots of fun on the water, members teach courses, provide free vessel safety exams, and take part in many community projects. By learning, playing and serving together, members form bonds that last a lifetime.

Best of all, you become part of a community of boaters — your future teachers, mentors and friends. We call that membership beyond boating.