Learn on the water, in the classroom, or online. Take a boating course with America’s Boating Club to become a better boater and have more fun on the water.

Online boating education

Get the basics to hit the water in a hurry

When you’re just starting out, America’s Boating Course can get you ready to hit the water in a hurry. In many states, you can get a boating card by taking our course and a state boating test. Check the boating laws in your state. It’s also available in English and Spanish.

Build your boating skills

Our virtual learning center offers online boating courses, seminars, and webinars to help you become a better boater while learning at your own pace. Whether you boat on inland lakes, ply coastal waters, or long to cruise to exotic locales, we’ve got training to get you where you’re going.

Surf America’s Boating Channel

America’s Boating Channel offers safe boating videos and boater education digital media created for boaters, by boaters. Learn boating skills, gain boating safety know-how, and boost your knowledge from the comfort of your couch.

In-person boating education

Learn in your own community

For more than 100 years, the gold standard of boater education has been America’s Boating Club’s comprehensive in-person courses taught at a club in your area. Local clubs offer a variety of courses ranging from Boat Handling and Engine Maintenance to Sail and Celestial Navigation. What’s more, in-person and blended-learning classes allow you to learn from experienced boating mentors eager to share their wealth of boating experience and local knowledge.

Hands-on boating education

Gain confidence at the helm with on-the-water training

Read about additional on-the-water learning opportunities from America’s Boating Club. Check out Better on the Water from The Ensign magazine.

Discover more about these offerings and others at America’s Boating Club!