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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
    13 Oct 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
  • County Health Services Complex
    3851 Rosecrans Street
    San Diego, CA 92110  Map
  • Saturday
    08 Dec 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
  • Elks Lodge
    1400 E Washington Ave
    El Cajon, CA 92019  Map
  • Saturday
    22 Sep 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
  • Sector San Diego
    2710 North Harbor Drive
    San Diego, CA 92101  Map
  • Saturday
    20 Oct 2018
    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Bill Andersen
    wgander1@hotmail.com
    (619) 922-0231
Restricted to USCG Auxiliary. Meets BQ requirement.
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Chula Vista Marina
    550 Marina Parkway
    Chula Vista, CA 91910  Map
  • Saturday
    25 Aug 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
    06 Oct 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
    03 Nov 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
    01 Dec 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.
Arizona, Nevada and Utah
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Humana Guidance Center
    1000 N Green Valley Parkway #720
    Henderson, NV 89074  Map
  • Saturday
    08 Sep 2018
    8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Dr. Michelle Keller
    drmichelleuscgaux@gmail.com
    (702) 970-4325
Los Angeles Southern Area
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • King Harbor Yacht Club
    280 Yacht Club Way
    Redondo Beach, CA 90277  Map
  • Wednesdays
    19 Sep 2018 – 26 Sep 2018
    7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    2 Sessions
    Print Flyer
  • Dick Reinhardt
    grr4kh@verizon.net
    (310) 375-7619
Certificate & Textbook included
Orange County
  • 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.
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Newport Sea Base
    1931 West Coast Highway
    Newport Beach, CA 92663  Map
  • Saturday
    22 Sep 2018
    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Susan Villotti
    s.villotti@gmail.com
    (714) 742-6619
Fee Includes Text, Exam, Certificate to Obtain CA Boater Card
Riverside and San Bernardino County Areas
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Odd Fellows Lodge
    611 W. 6th St
    Corona, CA 92882  Map
  • 1
    22 Sep 2018
    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Tomm Olson
    tsealgar@outlook.com
    (951) 775-5114
$10 donation for Breakfast and Lunch.
San Diego County, South and East
  • 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
San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Van Nuys Fly Away
    7610 Woodley Ave
    Van Nuys, CA 91406  Map
  • Saturday
    25 Aug 2018
    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Barry Chapman
    chapmanbarrya@gmail.com
    (818) 903-1139
RSVP on time to obtain class materials prior to class start
Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern Counties
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Aux Training Deck, Oxnard
    4202 S. Victoria Ave
    Oxnard, CA 93035  Map
  • 2
    02 Oct 2018 – 04 Oct 2018
    6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    2 Sessions
    Print Flyer
  • Bill Wicks
    ocnblue@pacbell.net
    (805) 320-6028
This qualifies for the CA Boaters Card min. requirements
  • About Boating Safely
    ABS
  • Galey's Marine Supply
    2720 Auto Mall Drive
    Bakersfield, CA 93313  Map
  • Saturday
    13 Oct 2018
    8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    1 Session
    Print Flyer
  • Stephen Dunn
    dunn.cgaux@gmail.com
    (661) 246-9284
Meets California Boater Card Requirements and Includes Marine Environmental Cleanup Kit