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Boating Skills and Safety Course
Presented by the Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron

"ABC Courses"- Required for new NC law!
All 2019 classes are now filled !!! 
Space is limited - Pre-Registration is required !

Please check back for 2020 classes. Class fills up fast !
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LOCATION  (Click for map)

23 - March 2019
(Class Completed!)
Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Holy Spirit Catholic Church PAC
(Parish Activities Center) 537 N Highway 16, Denver, NC 28037
  11 - May 2019
Class Filled !
Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Mt. Zion United Methodist Church
19600 Zion Street, Cornelius, NC 28031

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The America's Boating Coursesm is a course for anyone interested in boating and boating skills and safety -especially for active boaters (the personal watercraft operator, the skipper of a family cruiser; the sailing enthusiast; the hunter or fisherman operating an outboard utility boat). 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 - See below for 2019 schedule !
ABC Courses - Fee includes Box Lunch and America's Boating Course© Material !
Select a session below and click date to go to registration form.
If entries are grayed out, this reflect past events but are posted to show this past year's activity.
( When class is filled, no further reservations will be taken for that date. Please register now for the next available class before all seats are gone ! Only two session are available this year! )

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LOCATION  (Click for map)

23 - March 2019
(Class Completed!)
Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Holy Spirit Catholic Church PAC
(Parish Activities Center) 537 N Highway 16, Denver, NC 28037
  11 - May 2019
Class Filled !!!
Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Mt. Zion United Methodist Church
19600 Zion Street, Cornelius, NC 28031

*** 2019 Class Schedule Above. Register now!.***

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Reservations taken with payment by check, Credit Card or PayPal - Click Button for "Fill-in Form".
A lunch break is scheduled, with a "Boater's Lunch" to be provided.
Space is limited  --  pre-registration is strongly encouraged!

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For registration questions please contact:
Class Registrar LNSPS


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