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Boat Handling –– Course


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.

The six modules in Boat handling are:
  • Rules of the Road:  A Practical Approach
  • Confidence in Docking and  Undocking: Slow-Speed Maneuvering
  • Boating with Confidence:  Handling Your Boat Under Way
  • Anchoring with Assurance:  Don’t Get Carried Away
  • Emergencies on Board:  Preparation for Handling Common Problems
  • Knots and Line Handling:  Knots You Need to Know
The course also includes an optional online test, which covers material contained in both the Student Guide and the six online modules.  Members of America's Boating Club who take this online course and pass the online exam will get credit for Boat Handling the same as if they had taken the course in a classroom setting.  Many boat insurance companies offer savings for America's Boating Club courses.

 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:

  • Rules of the Road required for level of Coastal Navigator (CN)
  • Anchoring required for level of Coastal Navigator (CN)
  • Emergencies on Board Advanced Coastal Navigator (ACN)
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