We know boater education prevents accidents and saves lives. In the United States, 45 states have educational requirements for operating a boat or PWC on state waters.
Many boating safety courses are offered throughout the country, for all types of recreational boaters, and for boaters of all ages. Qualified volunteer organizations, such as the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron, and others sponsor many courses, and many state boating agencies also provide classes.
Courses cover many aspects of boating safety, from boat handling to reading the weather, and from a "Water 'N Kids" class to courses for boaters who want to learn electronic navigation skills. The most popular basic courses generally have from 6 to 13 lessons to provide a foundation of operational and safety instruction.
Boating safety is a concern for everyone on the water. Whether or not your state requires a boater license, all boaters have a responsibility to learn about boat operation, communications, navigation, and life-saving techniques before taking to the water.
Below are the most recognized resources for boater safety and education: