What class should you take?
If you’re a Beginning boater we recommend...
ABC fulfills your state's requirement for an approved boating course so you can legally operate a boat.
Types of boats and best uses
Boating laws, federal and state
Safety equipment, required and recommended
Finding your way
Boating in adverse conditions
Knots and lines
Optionally, introduction to electronic navigation using paper charts and chartplotters
Boat Handling is intended for newer recreational boaters who have completed a basic boating class (such as ABC) and want to gain more knowledge, skill, and confidence to boat safely and have more fun on the water.
If you want more depth we recommend as the next step...
Navigation tools are covered in our Electronic Navigation course. Or go further and delve into celestial navigation in our Offshore Navigation and Celestial Navigation courses, aimed at offshore long-distance boating.
Our Recommendations for all boaters...
Operations and Maintenance Courses
Explore all the educational offerings of America's Boating Club...
Choose from any full course or seminar that interests you. Courses are comprehensive, in-depth and usually require 12-16 hours over 6-8 weeks. Seminars and Clinics are focused 2-hour workshops on a variety of boating subjects. You can mix and match to suit your boating education needs. Browse through the course catalogues linked to below. If you still have questions, click here to send an email to our education chair.
View catalogue of full length Courses here.
View catalogue of Short Seminars here.
View catalogue of America's Boating Club Online Courses here.
View catalogue of Local Boating Interest Clinics here.