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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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Arizona, Nevada and Utah
Go to BassPro Exit Door not main Door for class
Los Angeles Southern Area
  • About Boating Safely
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  • King Harbor Yc
    280 Yacht Club Way
    Redondo Beach, CA 90277  Map
  • Wednesdays
    21 Feb 2018 – 28 Feb 2018
    6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    2 Sessions
    Print Flyer
  • Dick Reinhardt
    grr4kh@gmail.com
    (310) 375-7619
Fee includes Textbook (Pre Registration Required)
Orange County
  • About Boating Safely
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  • West Marine - Lido
    3433 Via Lido
    Newport Beach, CA 92663  Map
  • Saturday
    05 May 2018
    8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Sue Hutchings
    suehutchings2@gmail.com
    (714) 309-5789
Email or call to hold a seat - pay at the door. Book and test provided. For passing grade of 80 - certificate issued - qualifies to apply for CA Boating Card.
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • West Marine - Lido
    3433 Via Lido
    Newport Beach, CA 92663  Map
  • Saturday
    10 Mar 2018
    8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Sue Hutchings
    suehutchings2@gmail.com
    (714) 309-5789
Email or call to hold a seat - pay at the door. Book and test provided. For passing grade of 80 - certificate issued - qualifies to apply for CA Boating Card.
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • West Marine - Lido
    3433 Via Lido
    Newport Beach, CA 92663  Map
  • Saturday
    07 Apr 2018
    8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Sue Hutchings
    suehutchings2@gmail.com
    (714) 309-5789
Email or call to hold a seat - pay at the door. Book and test provided. For passing grade of 80 - certificate issued - qualifies to apply for CA Boating Card.
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • West Marine - Lido
    3433 Via Lido
    Newport Beach, CA 92663  Map
  • Saturday
    02 Jun 2018
    8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Sue Hutchings
    suehutchings2@gmail.com
    (714) 309-5789
Email or call to hold a seat - pay at the door. Book and test provided. For passing grade of 80 - certificate issued - qualifies to apply for CA Boating Card.
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • West Marine - Lido
    3433 Via Lido
    Newport Beach, CA 92663  Map
  • Saturday
    07 Jul 2018
    8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Sue Hutchings
    suehutchings2@gmail.com
    (714) 309-5789
Email or call to hold a seat - pay at the door. Book and test provided. For passing grade of 80 - certificate issued - qualifies to apply for CA Boating Card.
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • West Marine - Lido
    3433 Via Lido
    Newport Beach, CA 92663  Map
  • Saturday
    04 Aug 2018
    8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Sue Hutchings
    suehutchings2@gmail.com
    (714) 309-5789
Email or call to hold a seat - pay at the door. Book and test provided. For passing grade of 80 - certificate issued - qualifies to apply for CA Boating Card.
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • West Marine - Lido
    3433 Via Lido
    Newport Beach, CA 92663  Map
  • Saturday
    08 Sep 2018
    8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Sue Hutchings
    suehutchings2@gmail.com
    (714) 309-5789
Email or call to hold a seat - pay at the door. Book and test provided. For passing grade of 80 - certificate issued - qualifies to apply for CA Boating Card.
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • West Marine - Lido
    3433 Via Lido
    Newport Beach, CA 92663  Map
  • Saturday
    13 Oct 2018
    8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Sue Hutchings
    suehutchings2@gmail.com
    (714) 309-5789
Email or call to hold a seat - pay at the door. Book and test provided. For passing grade of 80 - certificate issued - qualifies to apply for CA Boating Card.
San Diego County, North and East
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Oceana East 1, Community Clubhouse
    3801 Cinnamon Way
    Oceanside, CA 92057  Map
  • 2
    14 Apr 2018 – 15 Apr 2018
    9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
    8 Sessions
    Print Flyer
  • Jack Guida
    captainjag@sbcglobal.net
    (760) 207-7180
This course qualifies for the California Boaters Card. Lunch will be provided both days,Advise if you have dietary restrictions.
San Diego County, South and East
  • About Boating Safely
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  • National Guard Armory
    304 E Park Ave
    Escondido, CA 92025  Map
  • Saturday
    24 Feb 2018
    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Bill Andersen
    wgander1@hotmail.com
    (619) 922-0231
Approved for CA Boater Card.SEA CADETS ONLY.
  • About Boating Safely
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  • Lake Elsinore Marine
    18010 Grand Avenue
    Lake Elsinore, CA 92530  Map
  • Sunday
    18 Mar 2018
    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 Apr 2018
    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
    20 May 2018
    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
    10 Jun 2018
    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 Jul 2018
    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
    19 Aug 2018
    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
    16 Sep 2018
    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
    21 Oct 2018
    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
    18 Nov 2018
    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
    16 Dec 2018
    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
  • Chula Vista Marina
    550 Marina Parkway
    Chula Vista, CA 91910  Map
  • Saturday
    10 Mar 2018
    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
  • Chula Vista Marina
    550 Marina Parkway
    Chula Vista, CA 91910  Map
  • Saturday
    31 Mar 2018
    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.
San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Van Nuys Flyaway
    7610 Woodley Ave
    Van Nuys, CA 91406  Map
  • Saturday
    24 Feb 2018
    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Rick Vogel
    rickvogel@hotmail.com
    (818) 437-7472
RSVP Required to order ABS Materials
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Van Nuys Flyaway
    7610 Woodley Ave
    Van Nuys, CA 91406  Map
  • Saturday
    24 Mar 2018
    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Rick Vogel
    rickvogel53@hotmail.com
    (818) 437-7472
RSVP in time to get materials for class
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Van Nuys Fly Away
    7610 Woodley Ave
    Van Nuys, CA 91406  Map
  • Saturday
    28 Apr 2018
    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Rick Vogel
    rickvogel53@hotmail.com
    (818) 437-7472
RSVP on time to obtain class materials
Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern Counties
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Auxiliary Training Deck
    4202 S. Victoria Ave
    Oxnard, CA 93035  Map
  • Saturday
    11 Aug 2018
    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Michael Bick
    mbick@medickey.com
    (805) 377-8730
register in advance by email only
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Auxiliary Training Deck
    4202 S. Victoria Ave
    Oxnard, CA 93035  Map
  • Saturday
    03 Nov 2018
    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Michael Bick
    mbick@medickey.com
    (805) 377-8730
register in advance by email only
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Auxiliary Training Deck
    4202 S. Victoria Ave
    Oxnard, CA 93035  Map
  • Saturday
    24 Mar 2018
    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Paul Fielding
    marsturm@earthlink.net
    (805) 676-0206
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Auxiliary Training Deck
    4202 S. Victoria Ave
    Oxnard, CA 93035  Map
  • Saturday
    02 Jun 2018
    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Paul Fielding
    marsturm@earthlink.net
    (805) 676-0206
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Station Channel Island Auxiliary Training Deck
    4201 Victoria
    Port Hueneme, CA 93035  Map
  • Saturday
    24 Feb 2018
    8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Bill Wicks
    ocnblue@pacbell.net
    (805) 647-8786
The Auxiliary Training Deck is across the street from the Coast Guard Station.
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Morro Bay Yacht Club
    541 Embarcadero
    Morro Bay, CA 93442  Map
  • Saturday
    24 Feb 2018
    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Danny Hart
    dshart6@gmail.com
    (818) 389-5268
Cash & Check accepted, Please pre register for class to hold your seat