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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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  • Course Name
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Arizona, Nevada and Utah
Orange County
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • West Marine
    3433 Via Lido
    Newport Beach, CA 92663  Map
  • Saturday
    01 Apr 2017
    8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Sue Hutchings
    suehutchings2@gmail.com
    (714) 309-5789
E-mail or call to hold a seat. Book & test- passed = card & certificate of completion
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • West Marine
    3433 Via Lido
    Newport Beach, CA 92663  Map
  • Saturday
    06 May 2017
    8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Sue Hutchings
    suehutchings2@gmail.com
    (714) 309-5789
E-mail or call to hold a seat. Book & test- passed = card & certificate of completion
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Huntington Harbour Yacht Club
    3821 Warner Ave
    Huntington Beach, CA 92649  Map
  • Saturday
    06 May 2017
    8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Desiree De Liser
    desiree.cgaux@gmail.com
    (925) 788-9414
Book, Boating Education Card and Certificate with 80 passing exam.
Riverside and San Bernardino County Areas
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Lake Elsinore Marine
    18010 Grand Avenue
    Lake Elsinore, CA 92530  Map
  • Sunday
    17 Dec 2017
    8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Peter Dawson
    peterdawson3@verizon.net
    (951) 202-1584
Breakfast and Lunch provided
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Lake Elsinore Marine
    18010 Grand Avenue
    Lake Elsinore, CA 92530  Map
  • Sunday
    25 Jun 2017
    8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Peter Dawson
    peterdawson3@verizon.net
    (951) 202-1584
Breakfast & Lunch provided
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Lake Elsinore Marine
    18010 Grand Avenue
    Lake Elsinore, CA 92530  Map
  • Sunday
    21 May 2017
    8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Peter Dawson
    peterdawson3@verizon.net
    (951) 202-1584
Breakfast & Lunch provided
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Lake Elsinore Marine
    18010 Grand Avenue
    Lake Elsinore, CA 92530  Map
  • Sunday
    23 Apr 2017
    8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Peter Dawson
    peterdawson3@verizon.net
    (951) 202-1584
Breakfast & Lunch provided
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Lake Elsinore Marine
    18010 Grand Avenue
    Lake Elsinore, CA 92530  Map
  • Sunday
    16 Jul 2017
    8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Peter Dawson
    peterdawson3@verizon.net
    (951) 202-1584
Breakfast & Lunch provided
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Lake Elsinore Marine
    18010 Grand Avenue
    Lake Elsinore, CA 92530  Map
  • Sunday
    20 Aug 2017
    8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Peter Dawson
    peterdawson3@verizon.net
    (951) 202-1584
Breakfast and Lunch provided
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Lake Elsinore Marine
    18010 Grand Avenue
    Lake Elsinore, CA 92530  Map
  • Sunday
    17 Sep 2017
    8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Peter Dawson
    peterdawson3@verizon.net
    (951) 202-1584
Breakfast and Lunch provided
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Lake Elsinore Marine
    18010 Grand Avenue
    Lake Elsinore, CA 92530  Map
  • Sunday
    15 Oct 2017
    8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Peter Dawson
    peterdawson3@verizon.net
    (951) 202-1584
Breakfast and Lunch provided
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Lake Elsinore Marine
    18010 Grand Avenue
    Lake Elsinore, CA 92530  Map
  • Sunday
    19 Nov 2017
    8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Peter Dawson
    peterdawson3@verizon.net
    (951) 202-1584
Breakfast and Lunch provided
San Diego County, North and East
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Oceana East 1 Community Clubhouse
    3801 Cinnamon Way
    Oceanside, CA 92057  Map
  • Two
    29 Apr 2017 – 30 Apr 2017
    9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
    8 Sessions
    Print Flyer
  • Jack Guida
    captainjag@sbcglobal.net
    (760) 207-7180
Pre-Registration Required, Lunch provided each day
San Diego County, South and East
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Chula Vista Marina
    550 Marina Parkway
    Chula Vista, CA 91910  Map
  • Saturday
    29 Apr 2017
    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Bill Andersen
    wgander1@hotmail.com
    (619) 922-0231
Limited seating - sign up now.
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Chula Vista Marina
    550 Marina Parkway
    Chula Vista, CA 91910  Map
  • Saturday
    20 May 2017
    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Bill Andersen
    wgander1@hotmail.com
    (619) 922-0231
Limited seating - sign up now.
Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern Counties
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Galey's Marine Supplies
    2720 Auto Mail Drive
    Bakersfield, CA 93313  Map
  • Saturday
    06 May 2017
    9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Michael Stott
    mstott@bak.rr.com
    (661) 805-5428
All Materials Provided/ Lunch Provided
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Santa Maria Valley Ymca
    3400 Skyway Dr
    Santa Maria, CA 93455  Map
  • Saturday
    29 Apr 2017
    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Carl Dougherty
    carl.uscgaux@gmail.com
    (805) 245-3602
Cash & Check accepted, Please pre register for class to hold your seat