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America's Boating Course  (Rev22July2017)

 Learn to Skipper a Boat with Confidence!


which requires that anyone born on or after January 1, 1988 must pass an approved boating education course to operate a motor vessel of 10 or more HP within the State of Florida.

Offered Locally 1st Sat-Sun Monthly

except for January, July and September due to holidays

One Weekend Completes Entire Course



  "America's Boating Course" course is taught to the public, twelve times a year in our Headquarters building, 1125 Old Dixie Hwy., Lake Park, Florida.  This course is offered to promote public awareness of the dangers on the water and to teach safe and proper skills.  The certified instructors are volunteers from Palm Beach Sail & Power Squadron.

     The course covers:
● Boating terms, types, charts, fueling, safety, handling, anchoring, trailering, and Personal Water Craft
● Required equipment, navigation lights, boat registration, law enforcement and Florida regulations. 
● Aids to navigation, navigation rules, emergencies including use of VHF radio.
● Review of homework, overall review, final exam and awarding of certificates, membership  interviews.                    

    The course is open the public, 12 years or older.  Successful completion of this course will qualify that person to obtain a Florida Boating Safety Education I.D. Card.  You do not have to own a boat to take this course, however, if you had to handle someone else's boat in an emergency, would you know how to cope?  Take the course, learn form the experts.  You never know when that bit of knowledge will become useful.

 Registration is at 8:15 AM  Saturday morning.

Cost is $30 per person (cash or check) payable at registration.

Class begins promptly at 8:30 AM  (right after registration) and will run until 4 PM, with Lunch break. Class usually goes together to nearby restaurant. Order off menu, pay your own tab.

Return Sunday at 2 PM (until about 4) for a review, exam (60 questions) and squadron orientation.

To Register:

  Click Here for Course Reservation Form

(561) 863-1461 (or 254-5609)

E-Mail pre-registration questions (optional): abc-pb@palmbeachsps.org


 Location:  Courses taught at our modern, learning enhanced headquarters building.

1125 OLD DIXIE HWY,  LAKE PARK, FL 33403     561 594-8220

Directions: From  I-95 exit 77: East on Northlake Blvd. to Old Dixie (traffic light before RR tracks) and turn right.  1125 is 0.6 mile South on left. There is a tall microwave tower at the south end of our building.



 To find out more here -->                     Course Description - National Perspective

 Most insurance companies will grant reductions in premiums for class completion.  At the conclusion of the course, those who successfully complete the course will be issued a certificate. You do not have to own a boat to take the course. Bring the family.