ABC 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.
This course can be taken as a classroom course at our headquarters in Sarasota.

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

ABC Payment

NOTE: This course at $50 provides a digital textbook, for $60 you will get a paper textbook. For an additional $20 a second person can register for the course, if sharing either the digital or paper textbook.


Contact ABC Coordinator Barbara Wolfe with any questions,, or text 941-525-8895

ABC Boat Safety Course Schedules

To Register For A Class Please Complete The Form Below.


ClassDateTimeDays# of Sessions


America’s Boating Course (ABC).

Beginning boating course, receive FL Boater’s Certification.

Sep 11, 20241900-2100Wed, Fri5
Oct 26, 20240900-1300Sat3
Dec 2, 20241900-2100Mon, Wed5
Jan 7, 20251900-2100Tues, Thurs5
Feb 22, 20250900-1300Sat3
Apr 7, 20251900-2100Mon, Wed5
May 20,20251900-2100Tues, Thurs5
Jul 12, 20250900-1300Sat3


The final session of each class will be the final exam which takes between 30 minutes to an hour.

Those who complete ABC, and become members of the squadron, are eligible to participate in our Jump Start program. Jump Start is one-on-one, on-the-water training with an experienced instructor. Those who have completed ABC and Boat Handling are also eligible to participate in our Back OnBoard! Program. Please check our website or the Weekly Update for the complete rules that apply to each program.