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Boating Safety Education

Become a better, safer boater. Find a course near you!

Don't Reck your summer like he did mine.U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boating courses provide instruction to boaters at all levels, from the fundamental to the advanced. Our classes are taught by experienced and knowledgeable instructors committed to the highest standards of the U.S. Coast Guard.

The links below provide short descriptions of each course.

FIND A BOATING COURSE NEAR YOU!

To find upcoming courses near you, please use the:

PUBLIC EDUCATION COURSE FINDER (BY ZIP CODE)


Abbreviation

Course

Length

Audience

ABS About Boating Safely (course expires on 12/31/20) 8 hours All boaters
BA Boat America (replacing ABS course) 8 hours All boaters
B&F Boating Fun 1 hour 4-9 year olds
BS&S Boating Skills and Seamanship 8 to 13 lessons Power Boaters
BnKids Boats N' Kids Variable 6 - 12 year olds
GPSFM GPS for Mariners 8 hours All boaters
IBBSESP Introducción a la Seguridad Básica de la Navegación 2 horas Novatos
IBBS Introduction to Basic Boating Safety 2 hours Novice Boaters
KNPC Kids and Paddle Craft Variable 6 - 10 year olds
NAVAM Navegando América (en español) 8 hours All boaters
PGS Paddler's Guide To Safety Varies All boaters
PWC Personal Watercraft Course 1 hour All boaters
SS&S Sailing Skills & Seamanship 8 to 13 lessons Sailors
SSS-S SSS - Boating Safety 2 hours All Boaters
SSS-I SSS - Inland Boating 2 hours All Boaters
SSS-K SSS - Lines & Knots 2 hours All Boaters
SSS-P SSS - Powering Your Boat 2 hours All Boaters
SSS-W SSS - Weather and Boating 2 hours All Boaters
SSS-R SSS - Your Boat's Radio 2 hours All Boaters
SIC Suddenly In Command 4 hours All Boaters
WHBS Waterfowl Hunting and Boating Safety 2 hours Hunters
WYPTS Waypoints 1 hours 6 to 10 year olds
WN Weekend Navigator 8 to 13 lessons All Boaters
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