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Boat Helm

Nationally Recognized Education for the Recreational

Better boaters feel more confident on the water, at the helm, and in the company of other boaters. They're boaters who boat more, boat more safely, and have more fun.

Learn as much as you want.

Choose from any full course or seminar that interests you. Courses are comprehensive, in-depth and usually require 12-16 hours over 6-8 weeks. Seminars are focused 2-hour workshops on a variety of boating subjects. You can mix and match to suit your boating education needs, and our members can help guide you.

Beginner, intermediate or advanced — whatever your skill level, our in-depth boating education courses will boost your knowledge and confidence on the water.

  • America’s Boating Course gives you the basics you need to get out on the water safely. This course is approved for certification to operate Personal Watercraft by persons in NC, 14 years of age and up and those operating any other vessel with more than 9.8 hp. who were born after Jan. 1, 1988. For those in SC, this course is approved for anyone operating a vessel 15 HP or greater and under 16 years of age. This counts for the NC and SC Boater Certification.    See our current list of course dates and locations here and sign up.

  • Sail lets you learn about basic sailboat designs and nomenclature, rigging, and safety from experienced sailors. Then tackle the physical aspects of all forces and techniques, sail applications, marlinespike, helmsmanship, and handling of all difficult conditions.

  • Weather is a detailed study of the causes of weather, various types of storms, clouds, and predicting weather.

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