speed maneuvers, anchoring,
and even man-overboard rescue.
Some state boating agencies, such
as Ohio, Arizona, Texas, New
York, and Florida, have begun to
teach recreational boaters close-quarters boat handling, using the
National Safe Boating Council’s
(NSBC) “Close Quarters Boat
Control Course.” This course is strictly
designed to show boaters how to maneuver
their boats around docks and congested
waterways, and doesn’t cover topics that the
Power Squadron or U.S. Powerboating course
would cover. That said, the NSBC will soon
be producing an open-water course as well.
Foundation Online Course: www.BoatUS.org/onlinecourse
Foundation Course Locator: www.BoatUS.com/Courseline
USCG Auxiliary: www.cgaux.org
U.S. Power Squadrons: www.USPS.org
U.S. Powerboating: www.USPowerboating.com
American Boat and Yacht Council: www.abycinc.org
ers can be an expensive proposition and can
easily cost $1,000 for a two-day course.
There has been, over the past three years,
an increasing call for less expensive and more
readily available on-water courses. Two groups
leading the way are the U.S. Power Squadrons
and U.S. Powerboating — both offering pow-
erboat training. The Power Squadrons, in
partnership with Brunswick dealers, offer a
variety of courses at dealerships across the
country, including hands-on training. U.S.
Powerboating, through partner schools as
well as individual instructors, offers on-water
training as well as courses that provide a
state boating certificate. Courses are available
nationally, and are priced at around $400 and
up depending on location. On-water topics
for both groups include: starting procedures,
docking, close-quarters boat handling, high-
from free (the BoatU.S. Foundation course) to
$30. The U.S. Power Squadron offers some
of the advanced courses online, through the
University of West Florida. ABYC offers some
of their training courses as online webinars.
Online basic boating courses have been
around for 15 years, and offer some unique
advantages — they’re available any time of
day, and can be taken from any computer
with an Internet connection. Online courses
are approved by most states and range in price
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