Scott teaches rules of the road in Florida boater safety class

The rules of the road

Using MuVIT simulator in boater safety class

Using the simulator in class

Teaching about navigational aids in boating safety class

Using navigational aids

Teaching boat terms

Teaching boat terminology



Boater Safety Course

If you were born on or after January 1, 1988 the state of Florida requires you to have taken a NASBLA approved boater safety course to operate a boat or any personal watercraft. Sometimes called a boating license, this card  identifies you as having taken and passed the Florida boating safety class.

 Americas Boating Club boater safety course material is divided into five chapters. The first four chapters cover the required topics that all boaters must know. These include the rules of the road, required safety equipment, navigation aids, lights and sounds, anchoring, communications afloat, adverse conditions, water sports safety, trailering and personal water craft operation.

Along with the textbook Tampa Power Squadron will provide a number of  additional items. These will assist the student in meeting the United States Coast Guard and other requirements as well as expanding their knowledge.

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.

The class is broken into two consecutive Saturdays with the final exam at the end of the second classroom session. The exam consists of 2 sections, one for general knowledge and another about Florida specific boating laws.
During the class, students will have the opportunity to practice their boat handling skills using MuVIT, the Tampa Power Squadrons interactive trainer which permits the student to operate a vessel in a realistic virtual marine environment.

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).

The next class is scheduled will be held on 2 consecutive Saturdays, the 15th and 22nd of June 2019 beginning at 9 AM.

Class will be held at the American Legion Post 111 @ 6918 N Florida Ave, Tampa FL 33604

Cost is $55 per person, if 2 take the class and share a book the cost is $85 for the pair.

The textbooks will be handed out at the beginning of the class.


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