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Boat Handling - Course

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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.

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Christian Sandvig

A great overview for the novice. Teaches what you need to know about a wide range of topics -- almost everything that is likely to come up.

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Glen Kondos

A rewarding follow-up course to the America's Boating Coarse I took. The additional detail and complimentary topics increased my boating knowledge.

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David Boone

Excellent course.

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Sean Owens


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Rick Winters

Need to get it.

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Erika Vey

Super good overview of many important aspects of boating. A great way for a new boater to learn.

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Marc Christman

This course was very educational and well presented. I strongly encourage every boater to engage and take this course, promoting safe boating practices for all on the water.

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John Vincenti

Thorough and worth the time.