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If you are interested in an exciting, in-depth boating safety course, check out the in classroom (seminar) version of our popular online boating course.

This beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely.

TOPICS INCLUDE:

Introduction to Boating - Types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; paddle boats; houseboats; different uses of boats; various power boating engines; jet drives; family boating basics.

Boating Law - Boat registration; boating regulation; hull identification number; required boat safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; Federal boat law; state boating laws; personal watercraft requirements.

Boat Safety Equipment - Personal flotation devices ("life jackets"); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual-distress signals; dock lines and rope; first aid kit; anchors and anchor lines; other boating safety equipment. About Boating Safely

Safe Boating - Bow riding; alcohol and drug abuse; entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks; steering with a tiller and a wheel; docking, undocking and mooring; knots; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather and tides; using charts; choosing and using an anchor; safe PWC handling; general water safety.

Navigation - The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWC "tunnel vision."

Boating Problems - Hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; man overboard recovery; capsizing; running aground; river hazards; strainers: emergency radio calls; engine problems; equipment failures; carbon monoxide (CO); other boating and PWC problems.

Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat - Types of trailers; trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading, balancing, and towing a trailer; towing (and backing) a trailer; boat launching and retrieving; boat storage and theft protection; launching, retrieving and storing a PWC.

Hunting and Fishing, Water-skiing and River Boating - Carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat; fishing from a boat; water-skiing safety guidelines and hand signals; water-skiing with a PWC; navigating rivers, and other boating tips.


About Boating Safely (ABS) Class Schedules

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  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • County Health Services Complex
    3851 Rosecrans Street
    San Diego, CA 92110  Map
  • Saturday
    09 Nov 2019
    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Bill Andersen
    wgander1@hotmail.com
    (619) 922-0231
Limited seating - sign up now. Approved for CA Boater Card.
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • County Health Services Complex
    3851 Rosecrans Street
    San Diego, CA 92110  Map
  • Saturday
    14 Dec 2019
    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Bill Andersen
    wgander1@hotmail.com
    (619) 922-0231
Limited seating - sign up now. Approved for CA Boater Card.
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • County Health Services Complex
    3851 Rosecrans Street
    San Diego, CA 92110  Map
  • Saturday
    16 Nov 2019
    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Bill Andersen
    wgander1@hotmail.com
    (619) 922-0231
Limited seating - sign up now. Approved for CA Boater Card.
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • County Health Services Complex
    3851 Rosecrans Street
    San Diego, CA 92110  Map
  • Saturday
    02 Nov 2019
    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Bill Andersen
    wgander1@hotmail.com
    (619) 922-0231
Approved for CA Boater Card.
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • County Health Services Complex
    3851 Rosecrans Street
    San Diego, CA 92110  Map
  • Saturday
    07 Dec 2019
    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Bill Andersen
    wgander1@hotmail.com
    (619) 922-0231
Approved for CA Boater Card.
Arizona, Nevada and Utah
Los Angeles Southern Area
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club
    211 W. 22nd Street
    San Pedro, CA 90731  Map
  • Saturday
    23 Nov 2019
    8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Dave Brown
    dbrown1053@gmail.com
    (562) 884-8687
San Diego County, South and East
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Lake Elsinore Marine
    18010 Grand Avenue
    Lake Elsinore, CA 92530  Map
  • Sunday
    20 Oct 2019
    8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Pete Dawson
    peterdawson3@verizon.net
    (951) 202-1584
Breakfast & Lunch provided - Class qualifies for California Boating Card
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Lake Elsinore Marine
    18010 Grand Avenue
    Lake Elsinore, CA 92530  Map
  • Sunday
    17 Nov 2019
    8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Pete Dawson
    peterdawson3@verizon.net
    (951) 202-1584
Breakfast & Lunch provided - Class qualifies for California Boating Card
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Lake Elsinore Marine
    18010 Grand Avenue
    Lake Elsinore, CA 92530  Map
  • Sunday
    15 Dec 2019
    8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Pete Dawson
    peterdawson3@verizon.net
    (951) 202-1584
Breakfast & Lunch provided - Class qualifies for California Boating Card
Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern Counties
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary Training Deck
    4202 S. Victoria Ave
    Oxnard, CA 93035  Map
  • Saturday
    14 Dec 2019
    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Paul Fielding
    marsturm3@gmail.com
    (805) 676-0206
Meets requirement for CA Boater's Card
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Galey's Marine Supply
    2720 Auto Mall Drive
    Bakersfield, CA 93313  Map
  • Saturday
    19 Oct 2019
    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Bill Malloy
    billmalloy@bak.rr.com
    (661) 301-2645
Meets Cal Boater Card Requirement. Pre-registration required. Bring sack lunch.