America's Boating Course
United States Power Squadrons (USPS), a nationwide boating education organization, presents America's Boating Course - 3rd Edition. This course approved by NASBLA and recognized by the US Coast Guard, meets education requirements for boaters nearly every place in the United States.
Americas Boating Course is presented in about eight hours of classroom time. The required topics that all recreational boaters must know are covered, including:
Boat handling under normal conditions
Adverse conditions and emergencies
Types of boats and boating terminology
Required and recommended equipment
Boating regulations and navigation rules
Lines and knots
Marine radiotelephone usage
The manual includes an additional chapter for optional self study. It is an introduction to piloting, GPS navigation and digital charts, key skills for boating on larger lakes, rivers and coastal waters.
In addition to the manual, students receive two PC computer disks. One is a home-study CD. The other is a free chart plotting program for computers.