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Mother and Son on Boat

Nationally Recognized Education for the Recreational

Better boaters feel more confident on the water, at the helm, and in the company of other boaters. They're boaters who boat more, boat more safely, and have more fun.

Learn as much as you want.

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 are focused 2-hour workshops on a variety of boating subjects. You can mix and match to suit your boating education needs, and our members can help guide you.

Beginner, intermediate or advanced — whatever your skill level, our in-depth boating education courses will boost your knowledge and confidence on the water.

  • America’s Boating Course gives you the basics you need to get out on the water safely, and it meets most state boating education requirements. This counts for the NYS Boater Certification. 

  • Sail lets you learn about basic sailboat designs and nomenclature, rigging, and safety from experienced sailors. Then tackle the physical aspects of all forces and techniques, sail applications, marlinespike, helmsman ship, and handling of all difficult conditions.

  • Boat Handling builds your competence and confidence on the water with an in-depth look at the practical boating skills. Also available online.

  • Marine Navigation and Advanced Marine Navigation give you the skills you need to get where you’re going using charts and marine electronics as well as a knowledge of winds, currents, and tides.

  • Offshore Navigation (Junior Navigation) and Celestial Navigation, a must for oceangoing captains. The classes teach you about planning and monitoring your voyage using modern marine electronics and how celestial observations can help you estimate your vessel’s position with confidence.

  • Cruising and Cruise Planning prepare you for a multi-day voyage.

  • Engine Maintenance gives you information on how engines work and basic maintenance procedures, as well as how to recognize problems.

  • Marine Electrical Systems provides information on Alternating and Direct current, as well as boat electrical systems

  • Marine Communications Systems explains the different types of radios and communication options

  • Electronic Navigation gives you basic information on the various electronic devices available today that help you navigate and select routes

  • Radar for Boaters gives you basic information on radar.

  • Weather is a detailed study of the causes of weather, various types of storms, clouds, and predicting weather.

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