Boat Handling is a full course offered by the United States Power Squadrons, America’s Boating Club. It is the replacement for the recently retired Seamanship course. This online, self-study version consists of a comprehensive 250-page PDF Student Guide and six fully narrated online modules which present like classroom PowerPoint presentations but give the student total control of the pace and sequence of the slides.
In general, Boat Handling is taken after America’s Boating Course 3rd Edition and before Marine Navigation, although course completion sequence is left to the individual student.
Boat Operator Certification
This course is required for the Boat Operator Certification level of Inland Navigator (IN) if you have not taken Seamanship. Completion of Boat Handling online also provides completion for the following seminars required by Boat Operation Certification:
Is your boat secured and ready for hurricanes and severe storms? Hurricanes and severe storms bring extreme weather conditions that can damage or destroy your boat.$24.95
Anchoring is the skill of securing your vessel to the bottom through use of line, chain, and one or more anchors.$24.95
Know how to use your VHF marine radio. You’ll need it in an emergency and for important ship-to-ship communications.$24.95
Learn how to avoid collisions with other ships in crowded waters with AIS. Discover AIS advantages over using radar alone.$24.95
Recreational boaters use line and knots to: secure their boat to docks, piers, and other boats; handle rescue and repair situations; manage running rigging; anchor securely; and tow other vessels or people.$24.95