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Public Boating Courses

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America’s Boating Course 3rd Edition is the latest public boating course offered by USPS to the general boating community. ABC3 is all new with an updated manual, outstanding graphics, and two bonus computer disks. The course manual is divided into five chapters. The first four cover required topics like rules of the road, types of boats, required equipment, navigation aids, lights & sounds, anchoring, communications, adverse conditions, water sports safety, trailering, personal water craft safety, and knots & lines. The fifth chapter provides an introduction to digital charts and GPS waypoint navigation, a key skill for boating on larger lakes, rivers and coastal waters, which is great background for more advanced piloting courses.

A public boating course classroom

A public boating course classroom


ABC3 is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), is recognized by the US Coast Guard, and is accepted by most states as meeting their requirements for getting a safety certificate where required for water craft operation.

Satisfactory completion of America’s Boating Course meets the requirements for the Virginia Boater Education Certificate.

Contact the  Squadron Education Officer, Anthony Russo, AP for more information.