Boating Certificate

America's Boating Course

America’s Boating Course gives you the knowledge to decide what type and size boat you need, what to do when meeting another boat in a crowded waterway, and how to recognize and handle hazards.  Become a more competent boater, learn from the best, take America's Boating Course today.

Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete America’s Boating Course. And, this beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certificate in many states.

What’s included?

  • Types of boats and their uses
  • Boating laws, both local and national
  • Safety equipment, both required and recommended
  • Finding your way, and adverse conditions
  • Communications
  • Trailering, knots and lines, and water sports topics
  • Optionally, introduction to navigating using digital and paper charts

Class Dates: April 15–May 20
Cost: $99 (includes course materials)
Class Location: Dwight Beeson Hall, Room 404
 
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Piloting

Learn the essentials of safe coastal and inland navigation using basic GPS in conjunction with charts and other marine data.  The piloting course teaches you how to use the GPS along with traditional dead reckoning techniques for planning and laying out safe routes, as well as ensuring that you are on course while underway.

What's Included?

  • Charts and their interpretation
  • Landmarks and navigation aids (buoys, daymarks, lights, etc.)
  • Plotting courses and determining direction and distance
  • The mariner’s compass and converting between True and Magnetic
  • Use of GPS—basic GPS displays and information they provide, setting up waypoints and routes, staying on a GPS course
  • Pre-planning courses and entering them into the GPS
  • Monitoring progress and determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning
  • The Seaman’s Eye—simple skills for checking that one is on course

Class Dates: April 15–May 20
Cost: $99 (includes course materials)
Class Location: Dwight Beeson Hall, Room 416

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