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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Boating Safety Education. Become a better, safer boater. Find a course near you!


U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boating courses provide instruction to boaters at all levels, from the fundamental to the advanced. Our classes are taught by experienced and knowledgeable instructors committed to the highest standards of the U.S. Coast Guard.

The links below provide short descriptions of each course.


To find upcoming courses near you, please use the link at



Abbreviation Course Length Audience
ABS About Boating Safely 8 hours All boaters
NAVAM Navegando América (en español) 8 hours All boaters
SS&S Sailing Skills & Seamanship 8 to 13 lessons Sailors
WN Weekend Navigator 8 to 13 lessons All Boaters
BS&S Boating Skills and Seamanship 8 to 13 lessons Power Boaters
GPSFM Navigating with GPS 3 hours All boaters
SIC Suddenly In Command 4 hours All Boaters
PGS A Paddler’s Guide To Safety Varies All boaters
PWC Personal Watercraft Course 1 hour All boaters
WP Waypoints 1 to 3 hours 10-12 year olds
B&F Boating Fun 1 hour 4-9 year olds
SSS-I SSS – Inland Boating 2 hours All Boaters
SSS-S SSS – Boating Safety 2 hours All Boaters
SSS-P SSS – Power Your Boat 2 hours All Boaters
SSS-K SSS – Lines & Knots 2 hours All Boaters
SSS-W SSS – Weather and Boating 2 hours All Boaters
SSS-R SSS – Your Boat’s Radio 2 hours All Boaters



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