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.

ABC Coordinator: Barbara Wolfe

ABC Boat Safety Course Schedules

To Register For A Class Please Complete The Form Below.

November 27, 29, December 4, 6 from 7pm to 9pm with final exam on December 11 @ 7pm to 8pm

2024 Classes——————
January 10, 12, 17, 19 from 7pm to 9pm with final exam on January 22 @ 7pm to 8pm
February 21, 23, 28, and March 1 from 7pm to 9pm with final exam on March 4 @ 7pm to 8pm
*April 6 & 13 from 9am to 1pm with final exam on April 20 @ 9am to 10am
May 13, 15, 20, 22 from 7pm to 9pm with final exam on May 27 @ 7pm to 8pm
*June 22 & 29 from 9am to 1pm with final exam on July 1 @ 7pm to 8pm

The 5th meeting of the 5 session classes will be the final.

NOTE: for the Saturday 3* classes, the third session is the final and is held on the Monday following the 2nd session at 1900 (7:00 PM).

Those who complete ABC, and become members of the squadron, are eligible to participate in our free 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.