Register here for our next Boater Safety Class on May 18th and 19th!

Our next class will be held on 2 consecutive days, the 18th and 19th of May beginning at 8:30 AM. The class will be held at the Fraternal Order of Police Tampa Lodge 27 @ 6912 N Florida Ave.

The cost is $55 per person; $85 for 2 people sharing a book; $30 for members of the United States Power Squadrons; and FREE for all active and retired military and first responders. Cash or checks only. Lunch is provided.

What’s in Americas Boating Course

Americas Boating Course is for you if you want to be a safer boater. The state of Florida requires you to have taken a NASBLA approved boater safety course to operate a boat or any personal watercraft if you were born on or after January 1, 1988. Sometimes called a boating license, this card identifies you as having taken and passed the Florida boating safety class.

Americas Boating Course as presented by the Tampa Power Squadron is divided into five chapters. The first four chapters cover the required topics that all boaters must know. These include :

Americas Boating Course textbook

The fifth chapter which is not required or part of the exam deals with using charts and basic coastal navigation which we often cover in a separate class session for those who wish to learn more about basic navigation and piloting.

Along with the textbook, Tampa Power Squadron will provide a number of additional items that are useful for both safety and compliance. These will assist the student in meeting the United States Coast Guard and other requirements and expanding their knowledge. Also, the students will have the opportunity to arrange a courtesy vessel examination of their boats to confirm they meet all state and federal requirements.

Upon passing the final exam, the Tampa Power Squadron will process all the paperwork required for you to receive your state-issued boater safety ID card which you should receive from the state in 2-3 weeks.

Americas Boating Course is broken into two days, with the final exam at the end of the second classroom session. The exam consists of 2 sections, one for general knowledge and another specifically about Florida boating laws.

America’s Boating Course is recognized by the United States Coast Guard and is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

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